Marvel’s partnership with Netflix is set to continue with the ordering of a series based on a previous star of Daredevil season 2, The Punisher.
The character is played by Jon Bernthal in Daredevil, and Bernthal is expected to reprise his role for the TV series, which will see Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) act as showrunner, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Frank Castle aka The Punisher is a popular antihero who made his Marvel Comics debut in 1974 and has previously been played on screen by actors including Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson.
Netflix’s adaptation of the character into a new show will mark the sixth Marvel adaptation that’s been put together for the platform, following on from Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the still to be launched Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders.
View a trailer for Daredevil that focuses very much on The Punisher role, from February this year, below:
While news of a possible Punisher series leaked as early as last summer, official confirmation is expected to arrive from Netflix shortly, and Entertainment Weekly already have a piece of teaser artwork.
Marvel describes the character’s role in Daredevil as “a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results”.
Season One of Marvel’s Daredevil was about Murdock’s decision to become a hero and take on the role of Daredevil, while season two revolves around the question ‘when does right become wrong?’
The length of – and other participants in – The Punisher spin-off are yet to be confirmed.