Get ready to see Frank Castle kick some can, because Marvel’s The Punisher now has a premiere date. Netflix will debut the Jon Bernthal-led Daredevil spin-off on November 17, the streaming service announced with a brand-new trailer today that highlights Castle’s time in the military.
The trailer shows that even while fighting in the Middle East, Frank had a problem with authority, going so far as to punch his superior in the face. "You did what you were supposed to do, right?" says his friend. "Now the only person you're punishing is yourself." Great line and even greater foreshadowing. From there, it looks like everyone wants a piece of Castle, from police detectives working active investigations to shady government agents looking to get rid of witnesses.
Daniel Webber (11.22.63), Deborah Ann Woll (Daredevil), and Ben Barnes (Westworld) all co-star alongside Bernthal in the show, which picks up after his time spent fighting Matt Murdock in the second season of Daredevil and delves further into the government conspiracy that ended in the death of his family. In other words, expect lots of bullets, torture, and constant moody growling from Bernthal in what will probably be Netflix's darkest and grittiest Marvel show yet -- just in time for Thanksgiving! It is also the second show of its kind to feature a protagonist with no actual superhuman abilities, unless you count Matt's heightened senses as a superpower.
Like Rosario Dawson and Rob Morgan before her, Woll's character gets to cross over to a new show: Karen Page, the former secretary/office manager of the offices of Nelson & Murdock and current journalist for the New York Bulletin who formed a quasi-friendship with Castle in Daredevil Season 2 and even helped him elude capture. Based on the trailer, she seems to be his voice of reason, asking when all the violence will end.
Only Mr. Castle, an army of one, can answer that question, but we've got a query of our own: Will there be a hallway fight scene?!
In keeping with the tradition of every other Marvel Netflix show, The Punisher’s first season will consist of 13 episodes.
The release date announcement comes less than two weeks after Netflix pulled its Punisher panel from New York Comic Con in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.