Pennyworth embraces Michael Caine’s Alfred backstory

Pennyworth Embraces Michael Caine's Alfred Backstory
Jack Bannon stars as Alfred Pennyworth in Pennyworth series. Source: CBR

Just like Benjamin Button, the character of Alfred Pennyworth keeps getting younger, and now he also has his own series called Pennyworth. Who doesn’t love Batman? But the Dark Knight is incomplete without his loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth, right?

We have seen numerous adaptations of Batman, but now it is the time for Alfred Pennyworth to enjoy the spotlight. Typically, Alfred is an elderly man from a Batman prequel series, Gotham.

Pennyworth airs on Epix network

Recently, the new Pennyworth series aired on July 28, 2019, on Epix. The plot centers around Alfred Pennyworth who also goes by Alfie. Moreover, this robust 26-year-old man is an ex British SAS (Special Air Service) soldier.

One day, he decides to go to London and work under Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) who is Bruce Wayne’s billionaire father. But he gets involved in the conflict between two revolutionary groups.

However, the story of the character didn’t originate from the DC comics, instead, Christopher Nolan created the plot his Dark Knight trilogy. Moreover, Danny Cannon and Bruno Heller serve as the executive producers of this action-packed series.

Pennyworth Cast: Who is in it?

A still from the Pennyworth series.
Source: Variety

Jack Bannon plays the lead role of a young Alfred Pennyworth who becomes the trusted ally of the Caped Crusader, and the butler of Bruce Wayne in the future. Paloma Faith plays the role of Bet Sykes who is the main antagonist of the series.

Besides, Jason Flemyng portrays the character of Lord Harwood who is another antagonist of the series. Other casts of the series include Emma Paetz, Jessica Ellerby, and Polly Walker.

Pennyworth is based on Alfred’s military background

Michael Caine played the character of Alfred in The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight Rises. Moreover, he has played one of the most memorable characters of the Batman franchise. He created a backstory that involved Alfred being in the SAS. Later on, Christopher Nolan decided to take Caine’s idea, and add it to the film.

Fans have seen his numerous retcons in comics where in some he is associated with a military background (Royal Marines) and in other continuities he has zero military experience.

The character of Alfred in Pennyworth series completely based on his SAS background. The show also features Ryan Fletcher as Dave Boy and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Bazza. These are two soldiers which Alfred serves in the military.

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