For those of you that don’t know, HBO Max’s crime drama series, Pennyworth, is the story of Batman’s trusty sidekick and infinitely competent butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Remember him? After some research into those who enjoyed watching the first two seasons of Pennyworth, which were released on Epix, producers discovered that most didn’t even realize that the series was about how Alfie came to be Batman’s butler. Hence, the addition of the subtitle ‘The Origin of Batman’s Butler’ for clarity.
Pennyworth is a prequel to ‘Gotham’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ created by Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon. The thriller television series is based on the DC comic ‘Alfred Pennyworth’ written by Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson. Pennyworth follows young Alfred (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier who finds himself a target of a fascist group called Raven Society during the civil war.
Pennyworth, a production of Primrose Hill Production, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television, premiered on Epix on July 28, 2019. In October 2021, the show was moved to HBO Max for its third season. Pennyworth Season 3 premiered on HBO Max on October 6, 2022, with the subtitle ‘The Origin of Batman’s Butler’ added to its title. Creators Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon executive produce Pennyworth while David E. Russo and Lorne Balfe are music composers on the show.
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Pennyworth The Origin of Batman’s Butler Season 1-3 Recap
Pennyworth is a crime drama series that follows young Alfred (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier who finds himself as a target of a fascist group called Raven Society during the civil war. Alfred, who runs The Delaney, a black-market Soho club in season 1, teams up with American agents of the No Name League, Thomas Wayne, and Martha Kane, future parents of Bruce Wayne, to take down Raven Society. They, alongside Alfred’s SAS mates, Deon “Bazza” Bashford and Wallace “Daveboy” MacDougal, find themselves up against the formidable leader of Raven Society, Lord James Harwood.
By the second season, Lord Hardwood and his Raven Union have the backing of the British Army after taking over most of the UK, and the Queen and the remainder of the No Name League agents have to hide away in London. Alfred, Bazza, and Daveboy are saving money to go to America, but as usual, they get involved in the games and plots. Bazza dies from mortal injuries he sustains from a car explosion. On realizing how costly tickets to America are, Alfred gets back to robbing businesses with his former SAS captain, Gully. The Ravens begin to test a deadly gas called Stormcloud, with a plan to deploy it in London unless Prime Minister Aziz surrenders.
Earlier in season 2, Salt begins to drug Lord Harwood, pushing him to a terrible mental state until Lord Harwood makes him Baronet and chief advisor. When Lord Harwood finally loses it and beats the lieutenant to death, he is locked away, allowing Salt to take over the Raven Union. With the help of his father, Alfred steals Stormcloud from the Raven Union only to realize Salt already had the gas smuggled into London through Lord Harwood’s coffin.
On a mission to disable the gas, Gully volunteers to swallow it, saving London in the process. Months later, the New Raven Alliance, led by Frances Gaunt, assaults London. Alfred, Bet, and Katie lead the counterattack. A revived Gully, now with superpowers, joins them. They win the civil war. Thomas returns to being a doctor, and future Bruce’s long-lost older sister, Samantha Thomas Wayne, is born in the season 2 finale.
In the recently released season 3, Alfred has established his own security agency like he always wanted. The team is now up against a CIA operation named Lullaby State, which mind-controls people into murderous states using a psychokinetic drug. Patrick Wayne, Thomas’ meddling father, also comes into the picture after years of being distant from his son’s life, something Martha suspects is NOT a coincidence. As we watch the stiff relationship between Thomas and Patrick, we notice how that same coldness reflects in Thomas’ relationship with Bruce (Batman). A lot of the history of the Wayne family begins to unfold.
Pennyworth The Origin of Batman’s Butler Season 4 Release Date
So far, three seasons and 24 episodes of Pennyworth have been released, the last of which is season 3 episode 4, ‘Silver Birch’ released on October 14, 2022. Pennyworth Season 3 is scheduled to wrap up on November 24, 2022. As of now, the show has neither been canceled, nor renewed for season 4.
Pennyworth The Origin of Batman’s Butler Season 4 Plot
There isn’t anything to speculate in the way of the plot for Pennyworth Season 4. There are still six episodes left in season 3 as of today, and a lot can happen in that time. After all, an episode of Pennyworth can be as long as one hour and eleven minutes.
Pennyworth The Origin of Batman’s Butler Season 4 Cast
Here are some of the main cast you can expect to see in season 4:
- Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth
- Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne
- Emma Paetz as Martha Wayne
- Ryan Fletcher as Wallace “Daveboy” MacDougal
- Dorothy Atkinson as Mary Pennyworth, Alfred’s mother
- Paloma Faith as Bet Sykes
- James Purefoy as Captain Gully, now Captain Blighty
- Simon Manyonda as Lucius Fox, agent in the English League (formerly No Name League)
Where to Watch Pennyworth The Origin of Batman’s Butler Season 4
You can stream the first two seasons of Pennyworth on Epix Amazon Channel, and Epic on Roku Channel. All three seasons are also available on HBO Max. Pennyworth seasons 1 and 2 are available for purchase on Amazon, Busy, Apple TV, and Google Play Movies.