Pennyworth: The Batman butler’s prequel series gets a season 3

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The show is also set to move networks from Epix to HBO Max.

In a busy DC FanDome virtual event, one of the many announcements that caught our eye was the recommissioning of Pennyworth. For the uninitiated, the show follows the early life of Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier forming his own security company. With one of his clients a certain Thomas Wayne, ‘Alfie’ becomes drawn into a conflict with a secret society…

Oh, and in case you wondered, the story plays out in an alternate universe 1960s, one in which the Nazis won WWII. It has also provided a few surprising twists on established Batman mythos, granting both Thomas and Martha Wayne very interesting backstories.

In the new season, the story will jump five years and England’s civil war will have ended. With a cultural revolution changing the world, there will be a new age of superheroes and supervillains — which seems inevitable given Alfie’s destiny as the Wayne family butler.

Actor Ben Aldridge, who plays Thomas Wayne, promises that season 3 will “dive in deeper into the lives of Alfred, Martha, Thomas, Bet Sykes, Lucius Fox, and all the other Pennyworth characters.

Here’s the announcement:

And while there’s no footage from the new season at the moment, here’s the excellent Season 2 trailer:

Employing a wealth of British acting talent, Pennyworth is produced at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios and executive produced by Bruno Heller, Matthew Patnick, Danny Cannon and John Stephens. Season 3 will premiere on HBO Max in early 2022, joining DC stablemates like Titans, Doom Patrol and Peacemaker.

In the UK, Pennyworth currently appears on Starzplay, which is an additional channel you can subscribe to via Amazon Prime Video. Whether that will change to HBO’s usual UK partner Sky / Now TV for Season 3 remains to be seen.