Pennyworth is blossoming into a multimedia franchise. As reported by Bleeding Cool, DC Comics has announced a new comic series based on the Epix TV series of the same name. The show itself is based on the early years of Alfred Pennyworth, aka Bruce Wayne’s longtime butler and trusted ally. But this is not the Alfred many DC fans are familiar with.
DC announced a new miniseries that will take place between the events of the TV show and the modern Alfred. Pennyworth is a seven-issue series to be written by Scott Byran Wilson. Juan Gedeon is handling art. The first issue is set to arrive this August.
Here is the synopsis for Pennyworth #1.
“Spanning the years between the hit TV show and today, Pennyworth tells the continuing adventures of Alfred Pennyworth as an MI6 counterintelligence agent—this time in Cold War-era Soviet Russia. When Alfred and his partner receive intelligence that nuclear weapons are being manufactured near the Arctic Circle, they’re off to infiltrate the remote military base to learn more. But things don’t go exactly as planned, and the ramifications of this mission may be more far-reaching than anyone could have guessed, as our present-day butler gets dragged back into his past…”
The show has aired for two seasons so far on Epix and picks up with Alfred during the 60s. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, played by Jack Bannon, a former British SAS soldier who goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who has not yet become Bruce Wayne’s father, in 1960s London.
The cast also includes Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack), Ryan Fletcher (Outlander), Dorothy Atkinson (Mr. Turner, Topsy-Turvy) and recording artist Paloma Faith. Season 2 also starred series regulars James Purefoy (The Following, Sex Education, Altered Carbon), Edward Hogg (Taboo, Harlots, White Lightning), Jessye Romeo (Curfew, In the Long Run), Ramon Tikaram (Brassic, The Victim) and Harriet Slater (Faunutland and the Lost Magic).
As for the future of the show, it remains somewhat in flux. Epix is an established network but there has been talk of making a move. HBO Max has become quite the hub for DC movies and TV shows and reports have suggested that Pennyworth season 3 may air on Epix and HBO max. This would certainly provide a wider audience for the show and give the streaming service some much-needed content.
Pennyworth #1 hits stands on August 10.