‘Pennyworth,’ the TV origin for Bruce Wayne’s faith butler and father figure, is returning for a new season. While the first two seasons aired on the EPIX cable channel, this third season will be streaming HBO Max with the subtitle ‘The Origin of Batman’s Butler’ starting in October 2022.
The show is developed by Bruno Heller and stars Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Emma Paetz, Paloma Faith, Ryan Fletcher, Dorothy Atkinson, Ramon Tikaram, Harriet Slater, and Simon Manyonda.
You can watch the trailer below:
HBO Max describes the synopsis as follows,
“The DC origin series PENNYWORTH: THE ORIGIN OF BATMAN’S BUTLER follows Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier, who forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and his wife Martha (Emma Paetz), before they become Bruce Wayne’s parents. Season three of the psychological thriller begins after a five-year time jump: the civil war is over, and a cultural revolution has changed the world for better or worse – ushering in a new age of Super Heroes and Supervillains.”
Bannon described the previous season in an interview with TV Line, saying, “Season 2 takes place one year on from Season 1, and civil war has fully kicked off. The Raven Society (led by Lord Harwood) is even more powerful — they’ve got the backing of the army now and are fully militarized. The No Names, meanwhile, are just kind of clinging on, really.”
“The Raven Society has taken over most of England — London is a neutral zone, Soho specifically, where Alfred has a new nightclub. But really, Alfred is trying to come to terms with killing his father (Ian Puleston-Davies), and trying to get enough money together to get him, his mom (Dorothy Atkinson), Bazza (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) and “Daveboy” (Ryan Fletcher) off to America to start fresh, because England is not in a good way,” he continued.
The show is a “spiritual” predecessor to ‘Gotham,’ another Batman prequel series that saw Sean Pertwee as the iconic butler. This show was also executive produced by Bruno Heller.