The jury’s still out on whether fans should get excited about this new Batman project or ready themselves for a disappointment on par with “Batdance,” but when it comes to the Caped Crusader, it’s pretty hard to screw up Alfred. Really, just cast an older British dude and your job’s half done. So on that level, congratulations Gotham producers, you’ve won this round. Scan below to see the first publicity picture of actor Sean Pertwee as (future) Batman’s most trusted ally.
What do you think? At least they got the uniform right. Pertwee is an accomplished character actor, and has recently been see on American TV as Inspector Lestrade on CBS’ Elementary, so I have not doubt he can at least adequately play the young Alfred on a weekly basis on Gotham. “Alfred Pennyworth is a tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London who has loyally served the Waynes,” according to the official character description, “Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne.”
Fun fact: did you know that Alfred was a character in the last attempt to turn the Batman mythos into a weekly TV series, The former WB’s Birds of Prey. He was played by Ian Abercrombie, who may be otherwise best known for playing Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld, or for voicing Chancellor Palpatine in the Clone Wars animated series. Clearly, you just can’t do anything Batman related without Alfred.
The Gotham pilot is filming now in New York City, and already has a confirmed place in Fox’s prime time schedule, we’ll find out in May when exactly it will debut. The pilot is being written by Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) and directed by Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita).
More news as it develops.
Source: Coming Soon