We all sometimes re-watch episodes of Daredevil to witness the amazingness of The Punisher, right? No? Cool … I mean … I’ve only done it like one or 10 times. But after today’s announcement, you should. It is confirmed that the rumored Punisher series is a reality. Frank Castle is back, ya’ll!
Entertainment Weekly broke the story this morning, confirming the solo series and that Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as the title character. Because, come on, obviously.
Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, was complete scene-stealing awesomeness in Season 2 of Daredevil. For those who haven’t caught up on and are wondering what the hell I’m talking about, Frank Castle is a military veteran turned vengeful vigilante after the untimely death of his family, dolling out deadly revenge to the criminal element in Hell’s Kitchen – LIKE A BOSS! If your boss kills people sometimes … so maybe no … but he’s still badass.
No other cast members have been confirmed, but Steve Lightfoot of Hannibal and Casualty fame, will serve as showrunner. Netflix also issued a teaser video via their Twitter earlier today.
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
Netflix’s partnership with Marvel has brought a new crop of superheroes to the television forefront. These heroes often blow up the traditional definition of the word and widen the very concept. They allow for a more modern hero on the screen, something the comic books have done for years. They aren’t perfect; they are complicated and sometimes reluctant to use their gifts to help. We see them ostracized and discriminated against by very population who expects their help when needed. They are more relatable, more human than before, and we love it. We’ve seen it with DareDevil and certainly with Jessica Jones, and I have a feeling that Punisher will earn a spot on that list.
There is no release date for the series, but reports say it could be as soon as next year. Don’t fret, we’ll keep you updated here. Additional shows coming to Netflix from the Marvel Universe include Luke Cage, The Defenders, Iron Fist, as well as new seasons of DareDevil and Jessica Jones.
What are you most excited for with Punisher?