It looks like Jon Bernthal completely exceeded expectations and has landed his own series as Marvel’s THE PUNISHER. As Frank Castle, he made the character his own by becoming this force that no one in Hell’s Kitchen was ready to deal with. Writer/producer Steve Lightfoot will be the showrunner for the upcoming series. They haven’t announced a date for the release yet, but I’m sure the info is in the works.
“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, in Marvel’s official statement. “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.”
This marks the 6th series that Marvel and Netflix will collaborate on to build the Marvel Universe on their streaming service. The other five are DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES, LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST, and THE DEFENDERS, where each show will crossover like THE AVENGERS in the MCU.
Marvel’s THE PUNISHER is expected some time in early 2017.