Regarding which of the many Alfreds Bannon influenced the most and what he wanted to do to create a new iteration of Alfred, Bannon said, “For me, Michael Caine was the great one because I loved those films. Also, he was the one who said, “I’ll play a butler as long as he’s ex-SAS” [special air service]so he gave us this part of the story that [our show] explored.”
Pennyworth showrunners Bruno Heller and John Stephens agree on this, citing Caine as a natural template for the show. Heller told Looper, “Michael Caine brought the right action and behavior to this, and he also brought the SAS business.”
Bannon added on the subject, “In terms of creating, putting our own spin on it, because well ahead of the comics and all that, Bruno [Heller’s] The script was so good we’ve never seen a DC London and anything like that, so that was our shoot.”
New episodes of Pennyworth Season 3 streaming Thursdays on HBO Max.