Are you ready to see how Alfred Pennyworth?s life unfolds?
Screen Capture: Ben Aldridge and Jack Bannon as Thomas Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively, in ?Pennyworth?
Epix confirmed the second season of Pennyworth on Sunday, 27 October 2019. Currently, even though we know the second season is scheduled to premiere in 2020, there is no concrete date.
Cultural historians looking for a series that reflects the real life London will find their hopes dashed. Even though the series is set during the 1960?s, recognising the source material is comic book related, Pennyworth isn?t strictly a period drama because there are elements that do not reflect reality.
The series, a prequel to everything Bruce Wayne / Batman related, revolves around Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) before his days as the Wayne family butler. Alfred, a former SAS soldier, works as a bouncer at a high-end London club. It is during the first season Alfred, with his friends Wallace ?Dave Boy? MacDougal (Ryan Fletcher) and Deon ?Bazza? Bashford (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett), he established a new private security company.
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Dave Boy and Bazza, always willing to back Alfred up when in a pinch, are the kind of friends everyone needs. They know how to handle themselves in almost any situation. Their time together in the SAS gave them a sense of loyalty which transcends both friendship and family. The SAS, the British Army?s Special Air Service, exists in real life. Originally established in 1941 as a regiment, in 1950, the SAS was reformed as a corps.
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Seeing Alfred interact with Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and Martha Kane (Emma Paetz), before the two of them marry, is enlightening. Thomas and Martha, the future parents of Bruce Wayne, have compelling scenes together and separately with Alfred.
First Season Promotion. Image Credit: IMDb.com
The way Bannon approaches playing the series title character, with a certain degree of East End charm, is reminiscent of Michael Caine?s Harry Palmer. Caine, well known for originating the Palmer character in 1965?s The Ipcress File, played Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan?s Dark Knight trilogy.
In many ways, noting the similarities between performances, it isn?t difficult imagining the Alfred we see in both Pennyworth and the Dark Knight trilogy being the same person at different points in the character?s life.
It is understood Jack Bannon, Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Dorothy Atkinson, Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng, Polly Walker, Ramon Tikaram, Emma Paetz, and Harriet Slater all returned to the series for the second season. Obviously, with what went down in the first season finale, not everyone will be returning.