Yes! Finally! Just about anybody who has been keeping up-to-date with Netflix’s Daredevil series has been eagerly awaiting the moment when the growing power-house of a video streaming service would announce that they’re moving forward with a series The Punisher could call his very own.
It was never a guarantee, but a Punisher show seemed like such an obvious and natural step for Netflix to make after the continued smash hit success of Daredevil, which just finished its second season, especially with how everything fell into place so fittingly.
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
From Jon Bernthal’s spot-on casting as ex-marine-turned-bloodthirsty vigilante, Frank Castle, to the way in which the Daredevil series left The Punisher and his backstory so wide-open for a deeper exploration, there seemed almost no way that Netflix wasn’t going to do a spin-off Punisher series.
Really, it would have been more shocking if Netflix hadn’t chosen to do The Punisher as a series.
Now we get to wait and see exactly just what kind of Frank Castle and Punisher the Netflix series will give us. Are we going to get the over-the-top Punisher who defies laws of physics by forgoing a jetpack and instead uses only hate in order to fly? Probably not.
In all likelihood, we’re going to get a Punisher show that plays off of the darkness presented in Daredevil, especially considering that Executive Producer and showrunner for The Punisher will be Hannibal writer and producer, Steven Lightfoot, who had this to say about the upcoming Punisher series:
“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. 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.”
We’re excited for The Punisher series. If Daredevil has been feeling a little too light-hearted for you, there’s little doubt that The Punisher series will yank away any warm or fuzzy feelings that you once had by blasting them to pieces.
Are you excited for the Punisher to get his own Netflix series? Tell us in the comments!