The first photo of Sean Pertwee’s take on Alfred Pennyworth in Fox’s upcoming drama Gotham have been released. Bruce Wayne’s butler and surrogate father, Alfred is a figure of great importance in the mythology of Batman, and is always prominent in TV and film adaptations. The character has been previously portrayed by Michael Gough in Tim Burton’s Batman films, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in Batman: The Animated Series, and most recently by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Described as the “tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London who has loyally served the Waynes,” Alfred seems to be a formidable character and Sean Pertwee could be a case of ideal casting. He will no doubt bring just the right amount of compassion and wisdom to Alfred Pennyworth, and his talent for playing characters that are rough around the edges will lend an air of credibility to his ex-marine backstory. I can’t wait to see how he will handle the part.
Photos of several other characters have also been released including Camren Bicondova as young Selina Kyle (who will eventually become Catwoman) and David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne.
Set before Bruce Wayne takes on the identity of Batman, the premise of the series leaves a lot of room for character development and the chance to see these iconic characters from new angles. The world of Batman is home to what is probably the strongest ensemble of characters in comic books; the rogues’ gallery alone contains a wealth of crazy, vivid villains. Let’s hope this series capitalizes on the phenomenal source material.
Gotham already has a series order from Fox, so we will get at least one season – time enough for a new take on the universe of Batman to get its bearings and establish itself. I’m looking forward to it. If strong writing prevails, the future is bright for Gotham.
Gotham will premiere on Fox in the fall of 2014.