EPIX’s Pennyworth might be about the origins of Batman, but the female foundation is very strong.
Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler, Alfred, in the 1960’s as he starts a security company and begins working for Bruce’s billionaire father, Thomas Wayne. The show is in its first season.
Something that has stood out to fans is every episode is named after a woman, such as Martha Kane, Lady Penelope, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, and more. Now, we’re finally learning why.
Talking with AfterBuzz TV, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, who stars as Deon “Bazza” Bashford in the series, explained it’s to highlight strong females.
“It’s a love letter to the era, the 60s. They’re all women from the 60s. Um, and Bruno’s [Heller] spoken a lot about his uh, admiration and adulation for women, which is why he likes to write strong female characters, villains and heroes,” said Bennett.
So what makes the women stand out? According to Bennett, it’s their authenticity.
“Obviously they have strengths, but I think what makes them strong is that they are not perfect, shared Bennett. “They’re all, uh, they have their, their flaws, their insecurities, but ultimately they have very dynamic characteristics that makes them well-rounded.”
Bennett used Bet Sykes, played by Paloma Faith, as an example.
“She’s kinda crazy, but um, she has a lot of honorable qualities as well. She cares about people. She can be very compassionate, but you offset that with she does a lot of questionable things at the same time and she doesn’t really view the world in the same way we do in terms of social dynamics and boundaries,” said Bennett.
It’s not just the women who are authentic, either; it’s the entire cast.
“Nobody is like, cookie cutter perfect, they’ll do something one episode where you’ll be like, ‘oh my God, that’s really cool. You’re such an honorable person.’ And something else is happening, be like ‘oh my God,’ but that’s how we are in life,” said Bennett.