Fans anxiously waiting for Netflix to bring back Jon Bernthal to Netflix in The Punisher might be happy to know that the vigilante’s popular Battle Van will be featured in the upcoming series. While a streaming date is still just vaguely set for 2017, most people probably could have guessed that Frank Castle’s primary mode of transportation would make an appearance. Thanks to Jeph Loeb, we now know the Battle Van will be doing more than just showing up.
The Marvel television chief confirmed via Netflix’s Media Center that the van was important to bring in and acknowledged it’s presence in comics throughout the years.
“They travel around in the Battle Van in the comics, so it was important for us to do our version of that. It’s not the Batmobile, but it’s definitely an iconic character that people know.”
Loeb might have tempered expectations as to what the van will do exactly, given that it’s one of Castle’s biggest weapons in the comics, but the Marvel-Netflix shows have been known for their realism. So long as the show maintains Castle’s personal/emotional struggles, fans should be pleased. All signs point to Netflix knocking that aspect out of the park, considering Bernthal’s captivating performance in Daredevil Season 2.
Another big nod to the comics will be the role of Microchip, or “Micro,” played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach. An ally of Castle’s, Microchip provided the tech and weapons for The Punisher to do his work, which included the Battle Van. Bernthal spoke of the relationship between the characters in the series earlier this year.
Micro’s role in the creation of the Battle Van in the series as well as how it’ll be used as a weapon is still open for speculation. The inclusion itself should be encouraging for fans given that The Punisher’s comic book roots will be acknowledged and referenced plenty.
Are you hoping the Battle Van will played up big in the series or is the idea of a van being used as a big weapon not grounded enough for Netflix? Let us know what you think!
You can read the synopsis for The Punisher below:
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.
The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, Michael Nathanson.
While there has been no official word on a release date from Marvel or Netflix, the series has been expected to debut by the end of 2017.
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With news breaking that Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of both Lost and The Leftovers, is in talks to develop a Watchmen show for HBO, Marvel needs a new TV hit. Don’t get me wrong, I know Agents of Shield still has a huge following, but I stopped watching the Netflix shows during the second season of Daredevil. And FX’s Legion was just… okay for me. It’s not that I don’t love Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, but it’s not fair to put lower-tier characters like them in competition with a juggernaut like Watchmen.
HBO was clearly taking notes when Netflix started releasing their shows, so this seems like a great moment for Marvel to take some notes on their competition. If DC is going to churn out a Watchmen series, then Marvel needs to dig deep into their libraries to find stories worthy of being brought to the silver screen.
So hit Next to find out about five properties Marvel should consider adapting if they want to match HBO’s Watchmen.