The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
Rumors have been circulating for a while that Marvel and Netflix were planning a Daredevil spinoff that would focus on the ultra-violent vigilante first introduced in season 2 of the show, and now it’s no longer just a rumor. Marvel has officially announced that Jon Bernthal will return as Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher, for his own solo series.
Hannibal writer/executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner on the series, which doesn’t yet have an air date – though there seems to be a very good chance that we’ll see Bernthal reprise the role in The Defenders before he gets to dole out bloody justice in his spinoff.
For more, you can check out the official press release from Marvel below:
“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,’” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”
“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,”said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
“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,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot. “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.”
Tell us, are you excited to see The Punisher get his own spinoff series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section and stay tuned for more updates as development on the show gets underway.