Then again, people were confused over a show set in the Batman universe without Batman being in it, so I guess they can make this work too.
The series comes from "Gotham" creator Bruno Heller, but will not be a spinoff or related to the Fox drama. Pennyworth will be executive produced by Gotham's Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon and is based on the DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.
Sean Pertwee, the actor who plays Alfred on Gotham, will not be involved.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network Epix has given a straight-to-series order for a ten-episode season of Pennyworth, a period drama centering on the young adventures of Bruce Wayne's most loyal domestic servant.
Gotham may be coming to an end on FOX next year, but the team behind the series will keep the Batman prequel ideas going.
"Michael and his colleagues have created the flawless venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the Epix slate". Writer/producer Bruno Heller and producer/director Danny Cannon are working on a show that will explore Alfred's days as a former SAS soldier who goes to work with Thomas Wayne in 1960s London. Sean Pertwee now plays the role of Pennyworth on Gotham, but the time period of the Epix series will call for a younger actor. Epix is targeting a 2019 premiere date.
PENNYWORTH comes on the heels of EPIX's recent pick up of ABC Signature Studios' drama series GODFATHER OF HARLEM, starring and executive produced by Oscar® victor Forest Whitaker, with Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos) serving as showrunners. Gotham, a prequel series based around young Bruce Wayne before he became the Dark Knight and the insane city that made it necessary, is entering its fifth and final season next Fall on Fox.