After months of rumors, Netflix has officially given the green light for The Punisher series with Jon Bernthal reprising his role as Frank Castle.
Bernthal is no stranger to comic book TV shows. He spent two seasons on The Walking Dead as Shane.
Marvel’s The Punisher will mark the sixth series ordered (so far) as part of the collaboration between Netflix and Marvel Television, including the upcoming Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the ensemble miniseries The Defenders – along with Jessica Jones and the aforementioned Daredevil.
“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil,” Jeph Loeb, executive producer and head of Marvel Television, said in a statement. “Now combined with showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
The official Netflix twitter account released the following teaser:
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
The character was introduced in the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil, which premiered on March 18. And after that fans were praising Bernthal portrayal, especially after several failed attempts at launching a film franchise around him.
So far three The Punisher feature films have been produced – a 1989 DTV pic starring Dolph Lundgren; a 2004 film starring Thomas Jane; and 2008’s R-rated Punisher: War Zone starring Ray Stevenson.In the new Netflix series Steve Lightfoot, who was a writer and executive producer on the TV series Hannibal, will serve as showrunner on Marvel’s The Punisher and write the first two episodes.
“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world. After watching Jon’s performance in Marvel’s Daredevil I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.” Said Lightfoot, in a statement.
In Marvel’s Daredevil, Bernthal’s character clashed with the titular hero, before ending up with a sort of mutual understanding.
“Jon (Bernthal) hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,” Cindy Holland, vice president of Netflix original content, said in a statement.
For those of you unfamiliar with the comic book character, The Punisher a.k.a. Frank Castle is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime.
Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City’s Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry.
So far no release date or plot information was revealed, but with Luke Cage releasing this September, Iron Fist currently in production and The Defenders expected to begin production before the end of the year, it might be a while before we see The Punisher series make his debut.