It seemed like almost a foregone conclusion that Jon Bernthal’s Punisher would eventually have his own series at Netflix, and now it’s official.
Marvel has formally ordered a full season of The Punisher, giving the breakout antihero from the second season of Daredevil his own 13 episodes to shine. As expected, Bernthal (The Walking Dead) will reprise his role as Frank Castle. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) has signed on as executive producer and showrunner for The Punisher. He’ll also be writing 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,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “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.”
For those keeping count, The Punisher series is Marvel’s sixth series ordered as part of the studio’s massive deal with Netflix. Daredevil and Jessica Jones have already been released, while Luke Cage and Iron Fist are currently in production. All the shows are leading to a team-up Defenders mini-series (no word yet on whether The Punisher will also show up in that one).
Though The Punisher shone as a supporting player, it’ll really be interesting to see how Marvel approaches the character with the spotlight fully on Frank Castle. A murderer is a hard character to make sympathetic, but if any studio can pull it off, it’s probably Marvel.
Do you look forward to checking this one out?