Marvel Director Stephen Surjik Teases A More Adult-Oriented Drama Ahead Of The Punisher

With directing credits on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, Stephen Surjik knows a thing or two about Marvel’s roster of small-screen content.

It’s one that will expand next month thanks to the release of The Defenders, a superhero ensemble series that gathers together those four aforementioned freaks soon after New York City is thrust into peril – and not for the first time. But beyond the show’s August premiere, there’s another Marvel and Netflix property teetering on the edge of the release, and it’ll feature a certain Frank Castle.

Otherwise known as The Punisher, Jon Bernthal’s gun-toting vigilante was first introduced via the second season of Daredevil, when Matt Murdock’s Man Without Fear went up against The Hand. Building on their nervy friendship, we know that Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page will appear alongside Bernthal when The Punisher arrives later this year, and though Marvel is yet to announce an official release date, all signs currently point toward a mid-November premiere.

While we wait for official confirmation on that front, ComicBook has relayed a new interview featuring Stephen Surjik, who touched base on The Punisher and, more specifically, how it differs from its small-screen peers.

I can’t get into too many details, because of course the NDA that I’ve signed with Marvel are fairly comprehensive. But we finished, I finished directing the finale for The Punisher, not that long ago. So, that baby is in post-production. I think I’m allowed to say that it’s really good.

It is different than the other Marvel shows as far as it is an adult drama. There are no superpowers. You know the Punisher is a character who is based on vengeance, fundamentally. His family is a victim of some horrific thing. But the character himself is well-known and the way that they approach it is very different from the other shows.

Last we reported, The Punisher‘s release window had seemingly been narrowed to November 2017, which would lend Frank Castle plenty of breathing space in the aftermath of The Defenders. We’ll be bringing you all the latest as more information comes to light, but expect Marvel and Netflix’s superpowered quartet to join forces on August 18th.

Source: Combat Radio