This March, Marvel fans will get their first look at the new Punisher when Daredevil returns for all-new episodes. Jon Bernthal is playing the vigilante Frank Castle, who will be going up against blind lawyer Matt Murdock as they take their own approach to cleaning up the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen. Now, it sounds like we might be seeing a lot more of Ol' Frank Castle. This morning, TVLine dropped the exclusive news that Netflix is developing a solo series for The Punisher.
Netflix is said to be very close to officially announcing The Punisher series. It will be a direct Daredevil spinoff that continues Frank's adventures from that show. While most viewers won't get to see Jon Bernthal doing his thing as the gun-toting bad guy killer until March 18, advanced critical praise for the actor has been through the roof, and it is all said to be 'overwhelmingly positive'. Executive producer Doug Petrie had this to say in a recent interview with EW.
"Viewers watching the show will be rooting for this guy with a gun but we're also going to force people to second-guess themselves. Taking lethal justice into your own hands in America in 2015 is tricky s-t."
If The Punisher moves forward, it will be Netflix's 6th series, following Marvel's Daredevil, which is getting ready to debut its second season. Marvel's Jessica Jones debuted to much acclaim this past November. Both Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist are coming later this year. And they will all cumulate in the epic miniseries event The Defenders. Though it isn't said if The Punisher will be a part of that.
As of now, Marvel and Netflix are declining to comment. But it looks good that we'll see The Punisher going into production sometime in the next two years. If Netflix is eager to cash in on the heat from Jon Bernthal's performance in Marvel's Daredevil Season 2, we could see it before then. Will it trump Marvel's Iron Fist and arrive first? That's always a possibility, since Marvel and Netflix have had some issues deciding just what Iron Fist is supposed to be. Stay tuned, we probably won't hear the show officially announced until after Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 debuts.