Epix has ordered 10 episodes of “Pennyworth,” an origin story about Alfred Pennyworth, loyal butler to Bruce Wayne/Batman. The series comes from “Gotham” creator Bruno Heller, but will not be a spinoff or related to the Fox drama. Sean Pertwee, who plays Alfred on “Gotham,” will not be taking on the role.
Instead, “Pennyworth” follows Alfred as a younger man, when he’s a former British SAS soldier who forms a secret company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne — Bruce’s billionaire father — in 1960s London.
It joins Epix’s other scripted series, including the recently-ordered “Godfather of Harlem” starring Forest Whitaker, the drama “Berlin Station,” and the comedy “Get Shorty.”
“Gotham” was renewed by Fox for a fifth and final season and will finally turn the young Bruce into the Caped Crusader.