Listen: ‘Pennyworth’ Executive Producer Talks Delving into Alfred’s Backstory

Variety | 8/17/2019 | Anna Tingley
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Bruno Heller may have served as an executive producer on the Batman-inspired series “Gotham” for the past five years, but it’s actually real-life people (not superheroes) that intrigue the producer the most. It’s for that exact reason that Heller’s newest series finds him exploring the origin stories of Batman’s butler Alfred in the Epix drama “Pennyworth.”

“From a personal point of view, the only DC characters I’m really interested in are the real people — and there’s not many of them,” Heller told Variety‘s TV Take, when asked why he decided to focus on a character that’s been often overlooked in most “Batman” iterations.

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Set in 1960s London, “Pennyworth” follows Bruce Wayne’s iconic butler as he forms a security company and partners up with Bruce’s billionaire father Thomas Wayne. Unlike “Gotham,” the Epix series focuses on the “Batman” characters who have no superpowers, which is one reason Heller admits that he would’ve liked to work on Pennyworth’s story before “Gotham.”

“To a degree, I would’ve liked to do Alfred before Gotham because Alfred is an extremely well-known mythic character that no one knows the backstory of. There’s a great amount of leeway to tell any kind of story you want,” he said. “There was a real story to be told, just with the simple question of how does a SAS soldier become a butler? That’s a strange journey. And how did he get from London to America?”

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Delving into such niche aspects of character development weren’t possible while working on “Gotham,” the producer said, noting...
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