And Now We’re Getting a TV Show About Batman’s Butler

Prepare yourselves for PENNYWORTH.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Epix just signed up for its very own TV series set within the Batman universe. Called Pennyworth, the drama (from Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller) will follow the trials and tribulations of Batman's beloved butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and has been given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order.

We realize this sounds like a joke but we assure you it is actually happening:

"The series will revolve around Alfred Pennyworth, the best friend and butler to Bruce Wayne (aka Batman). The series is not a Gotham spinoff but rather an entirely new story exploring Alfred's origins as a former British SAS soldier who forms a secret company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne — Bruce's billionaire father — in 1960s London."

THR goes on to specify that Sean Pertwee - who plays Alfred on Gotham - will not be involved in the series, and that Pennyworth will exist in "a completely different universe". It's good to have this clarification on the record, but we'd be even more curious to hear the rationale behind giving Alfred his own TV series, particularly one which will not feature Batman (to be fair, we also scoffed at Gotham, and that show's been on the air for [consults Wikipedia] holy shit, four years? Really?!). 

Nothing further to report at this time, but we'll be keeping an eye on this. Maybe not the most watchful eye, but we'll certainly let you know once Pennyworth finds its Alfred. Stay tuned for that, and do try and contain your excitement in the meantime.