Rumors about Netflix giving the Punisher his own series have been making the rounds since last summer, and on Friday, Entertainment Weekly reported that the Punisher will indeed get his own TV series. Following this, the video streaming giant confirmed the news on Facebook.
Netflix gives the Punisher a solo series
After watching the jaw-dropping performance of Jon Bernthal in Daredevil, fans launched a petition to convince the video streaming giant to make a separate series, and it looks like it is ready to comply. Marvel also confirmed a solo series for the machine gun-wielding anti-hero. On the other hand, Netflix released a creepy trailer in the U.S. featuring the Punisher saying, “One batch, two batch, penny and dime.”
There are very few details on the subject, and much cannot be predicted, but Bernthal will reprise his role as the vigilante military veteran Frank Castle, who brings his own lethal form of justice. Bernthal will be the fourth actor to play Castle. The earlier three were Dolph Lundgren (The Punisher, 1989), Thomas Jane (The Punisher, 2004), and Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, 2008).
Nothing is yet certain on who else will star in the series or what will the story be about, but hopefully it will not be an origin story as followers already know what happened. Also it is still unclear as to who will be the main antagonist of the show.
Netflix has given no information about the date of the show’s release, but with Luke Cage set for this year and Iron Fist presumably for 2017, fans will probably have to wait for the series for quite some time. The script will be written by Steve Lightfoot, who will also be the executive producer.
Sixth Netflix-Marvel series
For Netflix, The Punisher will be its sixth Marvel series, with the previous ones being Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders. The streaming giant has not released any viewership numbers yet, but Daredevil is a top-performer for the service, according to an independent research firm.
For now it is unclear whether Bernthal’s character will be added to The Defenders lineup, but he can be expected to at least make an appearance on the show.
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