Following months of rumours, Netflix have officially ordered a Daredevil spin-off series centred on The Punisher. Jon Bernthal will reprise his role of Frank Castle aka The Punisher from Daredevil Season 2.
Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, Casualty) has signed on as the showrunner and an executive writer. Lightfoot will also write the first two episodes of the show.
A teaser image for the show can be seen below:
Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb is quoted as saying the following to accompany the announcement:
“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. Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland had the following to add:
“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.”
Lightfoot himself had the following to say:
“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. 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.”
No estimated release date for the series has been revealed.
The Punisher will be the sixth Marvel series on Netflix following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the crossover miniseries The Defenders.
Thoughts on this news? Are you excited for the The Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal?
By Ruari Williamson
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