News Batman Prequel ‘Pennyworth’ gets series order At Epix

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  1. Mr. Adventure

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    Yeah, it sucks when a service has ONE show that you're really interested in.
     
  2. Enterprise is Great

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    Yep. I don't get Epix as well. Hopefully it eventually gets released on blu-ray or dvd.
     
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    The DC channel has a version viewable internationally.
     
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  4. Hog of the Forsaken

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    Shades of Harry Palmer and Paloma Faith's Scouse accent is a bit dodgy perhaps. I expect E4 will pick this up to show in the UK if Sky don't.
     
  5. Mr. Adventure

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    Whatever you thought of Bruno Heller's previous series Gotham it had a very distinctive look and feel, a consistent and pervasive style of its own that was maintained pretty much throughout its lifespan. In fact, when they did a promotional thing with Ford with Bruce getting a new Mustang for a Batmobile it was wildly out of place and stuck out like a sore thumb against its 80s NY underbelly. Anyway, it looks as if that same attention is present in Pennyworth with of course a completely different style and hopefully it's going to be good.
     
  6. JD

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    IGN has posted a very positive review of the pilot, giving it a 9/10. The things they seemed to like best was the fact that they actually didn't focus on connecting it back to Batman, and really focused on building it's take on Alfred. They also seemed to really like Alfred's love interest, Esme and one of the show's villains, Bet.
    I find it kind of funny that, at least at first, they are downplaying the Batman connection, when one of the biggest complaints people had about Gotham, which came from the same creators, was that there was to much emphasis on the Batman connections.
     
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  8. Icemizer

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    I quite enjoyed the first ep last evening. Very....British, is what I would say, a bit Ripper Street, a bit Whitechapel with that same overall feel which really sets it apart from the other shows of this type. Now there were some cringe worthy spots near the end one especially with Alfreds parents but over all I am in for the season.
    Alfred and Esme came across as likable. The "bad guys" actually have a plan and a multi layered organization to pull it off. Thomas Wayne I am not quite sold on yet. Alfreds army pals were interesting although painted very broadly.
    If they totally ignore any Bat stuff here I would be quite happy with the series direction.
     
  9. Reverend

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    Maybe it's because the lead actor seems to be channelling Caine, but I'm getting a distinct 'Alfie' vibe from this whole thing. Ironic given the name and not entirely unfitting, I know.

    Side note: is this supposed to be some alternate timeline world like how Gotham has often been depicted as oddly out of time, or are the show runners just really bad at historical research?
    I mean I'm pretty sure we stopped using stocks, pillory and gibbet sometime around the mid-1800s, we had a King during WWII, not a Queen, and what's with all the barrage balloons?
     
  10. JoeZhang

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    Yes it's an alternative timeline.
     
  11. Noname Given

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    IDK - Connecting Alfred to Thomas Wayne (Bruce Wayne's father) right out of the gate is a pretty big 'Batman' connection. I didn't think is was done badly, but to say it's not a 'Batman' tie in means the guys at IGN really don't know the Batman lore that well, or don't consider it a connection, but it is the only connection the producers could make at the age Alfred is for this series - and again, they did it in the first few minutes of the pilot.

    I thought it was okay - but I'm honestly tired of them dancing around wanting to do another version of an actual 'Batman' on TV. What's next, a series about the mechanic who designed/built/maintained the Batmobile.

    Plus we haven't seen Bruce Wayne's Housemaid yet <-- Now THERE'S a series that could give Women a chance to be involved as a major character, right? ;)

    I'm just tiered of all the Batman related prequels, plus all the 'Year One' style stories of the supporting batman characters at this point myself. YMMV.
     
  12. Christopher

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    Obviously you didn't read the actual article before criticizing it. They're perfectly aware of who Thomas Wayne is; they just think his use was a cursory tie at best.

     
  13. Noname Given

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    Then I guess they didn't pay much attention to the dialogue as it appears Mr. Wayne will be availing himself of Alfred's services a lot over the run of the series. Given we KNOW Alfred works for the Wayne's as their Butler later in life, sorry, having the connection in the first episode and setting up a the beginnings the their relationship is hardly 'cursory'.
     
  14. Geoff Peterson

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    I enjoyed the first two episodes and found it doesn't lean too heavily on the Batman mythos.The characters are interesting and well acted. I got an Avengers (Steed not Stark) feel from some elements and a bit of Bond from others. This Thomas Wayne seem a bit different. Not quitethe physcian/philanthropist from the comics
     
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  15. Christopher

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    Good grief, you didn't even bother to read the paragraph I quoted, in which they explicitly state their awareness of the thing you're condescendingly accusing them of missing. You don't get to accuse others of ignorance if you're not willing to pay attention yourself.
     
  16. Noname Given

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    Sorry, that I guess I not allowed to have a different opinion then the article's authors in you mind. I read what they said, I don't agree.
     
  17. KennyB

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    Meh---I watched the first three episodes today and enjoyed them. Looking forward to the rest of the run. I will say every episode has had some great scenes. I really enjoyed Alfie's parents getting on on the action and the pistol toss....
     
  18. Avalon

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    If you have the Xfinity Stream app, you should be able to watch the first four episodes of Pennyworth until the end of today. Sorry for the last-minute mention, but I'd forgotten about it...
     
  19. marillion

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    Yep. We have Epix free this week. Sadly I just found that out today.

    I’m enjoying this but it doesn’t seem possible that this is a young Pertwee Alfred. He would be far too old by the time Gotham came about. He obviously fought in WWII. Pertwee’s Alfred would more likely be a Fawklin Islands War vet, yes?
     
  20. Geoff Peterson

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    Gotham has a fluid time period.