Batwoman Season 2 Update: Batwoman’s Season 2 opener addresses a question many Bat viewers have had about Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler’s interpretation of the Arrowverse.
Warning: SPOILERS for the Batwoman season 2 opener are included in the following feature.
The Batwoman season 2 premiere episode announced the status of the Arrowverse version of Alfred Pennyworth, the butler and adoptive father of Bruce Wayne. Although reference was made in earlier episodes to Alfred, this marked the first proof that in the Arrowverse he was still alive.
Since Batman #16, Alfred the Butler credited Alfred Beagle in his first appearance in April 1943, has become a part of the Batman myth. Originally an overweight comic servant character with a thin body and a dapper mustache that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson had to work around to conceal their actions as Batman and Robin, Alfred was reworked into a more serious and supportive character.
Subsequent stories established Alfred as a long-time servant of the Wayne family, who served in MI6 during his childhood.
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He was also said to have given up a prosperous career on the West End stage to honor the desire of his dying father to uphold the family legacy of service, managing the upper-class estates as a butler. In numerous Batman stories and adaptations such as the Pennyworth series, these specifics have told Alfred’s history, with Alfred having once led a life of adventure to contend with James Bond before telling Bruce Wayne all he learned and assisting with his war on crime.
But he said nothing before about the gentlemen behind the Bat, Batwoman has made any reference to the life of Alfred Pennyworth. His first name was announced in Kate Kane’s first appearance at the Elseworlds crossover event as the WIFI password for Wayne Tower.
Throughout Batwoman season 1, his daughter, Julia Pennyworth, was a reoccurring character who was said to have followed in his footsteps to become a British government spy.
Julia reported that Batman was the first person to hear about Bruce Wayne from her father and the first to help him defend Gotham City. It was also implied that Alfred was still alive as Alice, remembering Julia after taking her hostage and Luke Fox, told Luke that “Alfie Pennyworth” would have to go shopping for caskets if he did not follow her instructions and decode the journal of Lucius Fox.
The first episode of Batwoman Season 2, “What Happened To Kate Kane,” revealed Alfred’s fate and present whereabouts after a fateful meeting between Julia Pennyworth and the villain Hush, who had started masquerading as Bruce Wayne after Alice planned a face transplant. Hush bumped into Julia outside Kane’s office after meeting with Jacob Kane as part of a plot to double-cross Alice and turn her into the authorities.
Julia asked him, shocked to see Bruce if he had “rung the Eagle” to let him know that he was alive. Julia explained who she was referring to when Hush appeared puzzled, saying “Daddy practically raised you.” Julia added that her father was “at home in Glasgow” and that he was still staying in the “same little cottage in the woods.” when Hush said he’d phone him as soon as possible and clear that up.
This was later discovered to be a brilliant ruse on the part of Julia when she called Luke Fox and Mary Hamilton to tell them that Hush claimed to be Bruce Wayne: a fact she confirmed that Hush had left behind glass in the office of Jacob Kane after running the fingerprints. Julia said that “Bruce” had made her suspect by not knowing the old codename of Alfred, “the Eagle,” but the fact that he did not blink when she said that Alfred was from Glasgow and lived in the woods indicated that something was up.
It was confirmed by Luke that Alfred was actually staying in a London apartment. Although this shows that Alfred Pennyworth’s Arrowverse edition is still intact, this data raises more concerns. For any version of Alfred, it seems terribly out of character to leave Wayne Manor to travel to London, especially if he was concerned about the fate of Bruce Wayne. Alfred seems more likely to make a retirement broadcast, but he genuinely scans the universe for a trace of the man he loved like a son. Hopefully, a potential Batwoman episode will teach us all about the adventures of Alfred, even though they aren’t seen on the television.