For the past one and a half years now, it has been going back and forth when it comes to whether or not Jon Bernthal would be getting his own series as Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher, but it looks like we finally got an official confirmation. Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that Marvel and Netflix has officially ordered a The Punisher series which will feature Bernthal continuing the role as the anti-hero that was introduced in Daredevil Season 2.
Hannibal and Casualty’s Steve Lightfoot will be the show-runner and executive producer on the series. In a statement to Marvel, he said the following about joining the project.
“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.”
The Punisher is now the sixth show in the Marvel/Netflix franchise, joining Daredevil (which has yet to be renewed for Season 3), Jessica Jones (which has been renewed for Season 2), Luke Cage (which comes out on Friday, September 30) and Iron Fist that has started production. Those four shows will lead into The Defenders which is supposedly coming out sometime next year and it’s uncertain at this point whether Bernthal will be showing up on that show before he takes off for his spin-off that could come out either before or after The Defenders.
The end of Daredevil Season 2 featured an Easter Egg to Frank’s ally Microchip (a character that was first teased on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2) who is most likely going to be on the series as well, but nothing officially as of yet. Jeph Loeb, who is the president of Marvel Television and will be serving as an executive producer on The Punisher, said this in a statement about launching a series around Frank Castle and having Lightfoot work on the series.
“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. Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”
Netflix also tweeted out this teaser video as an additional confirmation to the series being picked up which you can check out below.
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
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Source: Entertainment Weekly