Bruce Wayne is a little too young to be running around in tights, at least as far as Fox’s new series “Gotham” goes. Thankfully, he has a badass protector of his own to lean on: Alfred Pennyworth.
Sean Pertwee of “Elementary” and “Camelot” fame plays the future Batman’s butler on “Gotham,” and the show’s official Tumblr page just unveiled its first look at the character in action. Check him out:
Fox describes Pennyworth as “a tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London who has loyally served the Waynes. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne.”
That description falls in line with the depiction of Alfred in “Batman: Earth One,” the 2012 DC Comics original graphic novel written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank. In other words, expect a more action-packed Alfred than the version we saw played by Michael Caine in the “Dark Knight” trilogy. (Not that Caine’s Alfred didn’t see his share of combat, but we expect Pertwee’s Pennyworth to do a little more damage than merely knocking a man out with a golf club.)
“Gotham” centers on Ben McKenzie as rookie detective Jim Gordon and Donal Logue as GCPD veteran Harvey Bullock, the two of them working together to solve the double-homicide of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. Over the course of the case, Gordon encounters the orphaned Bruce Wayne, the vicious crime boss Fish Moony, the thug who will eventually become the Penguin, and many more.
There’s no premiere date for “Gotham” yet, but Fox has been very generous with revealing new looks as the series continues production. Expect even more character reveals in the days and weeks ahead.
What do you think of “Gotham’s” take on Alfred?