The producers Gotham are working on a new Batman series — and this one’s not actually going to feature the Dark Knight either.
Producers Danny Cannon and Bruno Heller are partnering with US subscription channel EPIX on a 10-episode prequel series called Pennyworth, all about the early years of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred.
According to an official synopsis, Pennyworth will follow ex-Special Forces soldier Alfred in the 1960s as he first works with Young Master Bruce’s father Thomas Wayne in London.
But there’s just one catch…
It isn’t a Gotham spin-off and Sean Pertwee isn’t expected to have any role in Pennyworth, despite both shows coming from the same writing team. Pennyworth and Gotham will actually exist in two separate universes.
(For those keeping score, that means there will be three separate live-action Batman TV universes airing next year — Gotham, Pennyworth and DC Universe’s forthcoming Titans series)
“As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make Epix the home of this series,” Epix president Michael Wright said in a statement.
Just this week, Fox renewed Gotham for a fifth and final season that will apparently finally see Bruce (David Mazouz) complete his transformation into Batman after years of build-up.
Fans will be waiting a while to see this final chapter in the Gotham hero’s journey because Fox won’t be premiering these new episodes until 2019. Gotham airs on E4 in the UK, where seasons 1-3 are also available on demand via Netflix.
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