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Sean Pertwee cast as Alfred in Gotham with Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin

Sean Pertwee in Wilderness

Story by Jack Foley

SEAN Pertwee has joined the cast of Batman prequel TV series Gotham as iconic butler Alfred.

He is one of four new members announced, including Robin Lord Taylor as the notable nemesis The Penguin.

Described as an origins tale that will focus on DC Comics’ Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous, Gotham previously announced former Southland star Ben McKenzie as Gordon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pertwee (whose notable roles include Elementary and Dog Soldiers) will re-imagine mild-mannered butler Alfred Pennyworth as a tough-as-nails ex-Marine from East London who has loyally served Thomas and Martha Wayne for years.

In the wake of their tragic deaths, however, he becomes fiercely protective of their young son, Bruce.

Pertwee steps into the shoes previously played by Alan Napier (the 1960s Batman), Michael Gough (in the Tim Burton Batman features) and Michael Caine, who most recently took on the role for Christopher Nolan’s Batman/Dark Knight trilogy.

Although the part of the Caped Crusader has yet to be cast, Gotham has been busy filling out its key supporting roles.

These include Taylor as The Penguin, aka Oswald Cobblepot, who is described as having the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal as well as being a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney.

Taylor follows Danny DeVito (Batman Returns) and Burgess Meredith (the 1960s Batman series) in taking on the role.

Zabryna Guevara has also joined Gotham as Captain Essen, the boss of Gordon’s rookie in the Gotham City Police Department’s homicide unit, while Erin Richards will play Barbara Kean, a sophisticated ER doctor who is engaged to Gordon.

The pilot, which already has a series commitment, is being written and executive produced by Bruno Heller (showrunner for The Mentalist) and is being directed by Danny Cannon (of CSI, Nikita fame).

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