I’m afraid I cannot tell you that the idea of a prequel to Gotham focused on a pre-Batman diaper version of Alfred Pennyworth is fiction. It is, in fact, an upcoming reality. The show will appear on EPIX. And if you have EPIX, you have to watch it. Sorry, don’t make the rules over here.
But hey, if they just have to make a show like this, at least it’ll be classy. I mean, it’s about a refined English gentleman living in 1960s London. Plus, they already burned off the silly Batman villains in the main show.
Wrong! Creator-producer Danny Cannon spoke at a TCA event recently and made sure everyone knows what kind of show this is going to be, claiming it will be “unhinged, R-rated” and everything else you want to hear if you’re a totally mature viewer of fine dramas.
Because all the Batman baddies are like toddlers at this point, the idea is to take villains from London lore and British literature, which leads us to this gem:
“Jack the Ripper was 1880s,” Cannon said before teasing, “but he has descendants.”
So there you go. This will be a serious show in which Batman’s future butler battles the descendants of Jack the Ripper, and if anyone has a problem with that, they can talk to me, an active YMCA member who will someday be maid to another child who will one day become a brooding hero who fights penguins and clowns.