Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 2, 2016.
The Punisher, the break out character of the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil has been rumored to be getting his own Netflix series for a while now, but thankfully those rumors can now be put to rest since it appears that a Punisher Netflix series has been officially greenlit.
The series will star Jon Bernthal, reprising his role as Frank Castle The Punisher. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will serve as the as the showrunner, writer, and executive producer on the series, which will follow Castle as he dispenses his own brand of lethal justice.
“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,” said executive producer/head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, in Marvel’s official statement. “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
“Jon 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,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
“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,” said Lightfoot. “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.”
This will be the sixth Marvel series to find a home at Netflix, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (which is slated for September 30, 2016), Iron Fist (which is now in production), and the crossover miniseries The Defenders (which is set to begin filming later this year). At the moment it is unclear if The Punisher will join the upcoming team-up series, but EW says “it seems likely he’ll at least pop in.”
Source- Entertainment Weekly