Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler season 3 review – a change is coming

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: October 5, 2022
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Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman's Butler season 3 review - a change is coming


With a new name (sort of) and a new network, it’s all change for Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler. Some things work, and some things don’t. But on the whole, it’s a season that looks set to please its audience.

This review of the HBO Max series Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler season 3 does not contain spoilers.

The war is now over. So what does that mean for Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler? Where will the story take us? And what will the characters have left to do? And with the show moving onto a different network (HBO Max), will it be what it used to be? The short answer is yes. It’s still as bonkers, funny, and outlandish as the previous two seasons. 

It doesn’t have the most confident of starts, though. The first episode, whilst good, isn’t as strong as what we’ve come to expect from Pennyworth. Instead, it’s quite a tame start with not as many “loud” moments. In the third season of The Boys, for example, the show gave us moments that are memorable, even now. Pennyworth season 3, episode 1 doesn’t have that. Luckily, though, that changes in the second episode.

The show returns to form in Pennyworth season 3, episode 2, and soon has plenty of scenes that will have the audience cracking up. There may be plenty of serious moments within the show, such as gory murders, but the show doesn’t remain serious for long. Even in the tensest of moments, the show manages to brighten the mood, proving exactly why audiences return to it. 

One of the main criticisms of Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler has been that it doesn’t stick to the source material of the Batman comics. Sadly, if you’re hoping the show brings more of the comic in, you may be in for a disappointment. But try not to be too downcast over that fact. The show has a great plot, and whether it’s source material or not, it can be enjoyed. It’s not going to be the greatest show in the world. But it does feel original. Rather than focusing on a format that’s been overdone, this show does at least come across as fresh. 

Despite the changes with the show, including the new title, there is definitely room for a lot more story. In no way do the characters feel tired, and it’s going to be exciting to see where they take us during the 10 episodes. From the first three episodes, it looks like there’s going to be plenty of drama in store, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we lose a major character early on. Once again, the cast does a great job on the show, with the character of Dave proving to be a highlight of the first three episodes. To sum up the show, it would be to say bonkers (or any word that’s similar). Sit back, enjoy the show, and don’t take it too seriously; and you’re more likely to enjoy it!

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You can watch this series with a subscription to HBO Max.

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