Fans of Epix's upcoming Pennyworth series now have confirmation that it will indeed be a very dark and R-rated television spin on the famous DC butler's mythos.
The show's executive producer Danny Cannon promised a completely "unhinged, R-rated" series, particularity when compared to Fox's Gotham. Cannon made it clear the creative team will be pushing the envelope in painting Alfred's origins in London, "just like I wanted people in Gotham to search for the darkest part of New York."
Cannon described the 1960's London setting as a "poetic reality," which will see Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game, Ripper Street) in the titular role years before he becomes the Wayne Family's trusted butler. Alfred's backstory as a soldier will be the focal point of Pennyworth as he meets Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and tracks villains from descendants of Jack the Ripper to the Raven Society, a group similar to the comics' Court of Owls.
Previous reports of the pilot's screening suggest "the show is no-holds-barred: R-rated swearing, gore, violence, sex, are all prevalent in the world of Pennyworth." It'll be interesting to see how Alfred influences Thomas, who's single and has not yet met his future wife Martha. Also, instead of a being a surgeon as in the comics, Thomas will be a financial analyst working for the government. Pennyworth's plot will focus on both men tracking Alfred's kidnapped love interest, Esme, forcing him to use his military background to rescue her.
Developed by former Gotham collaborators Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, Pennyworth stars Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Jason Flemyng and Paloma Faith. It's expected to premiere this year on Epix.