Netflix reportedly developing PUNISHER spinoff for Marvel

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We’ve already had the Punisher portrayed on screen by three different actors, but for whatever reason, Marvel’s skull emblazoned comic book vigilante has just never gained lots of traction with the general movie-going public. Well in the case of the first Punisher, Dolph Lundgren, we know the reason: That movie sucked worse than a black hole (you kids of today don’t know about the Dark Ages of 1990’s comic book movies!).

But following up in the more recent – and waaaaay more respectable – footsteps of Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone), Jon Bernthal gets to bring the character to life on screen once again in the upcoming second season of Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil. And he’s apparently done such a good job of it that the Powers That Be already want to give him his own show.

At least that’s what is being reported by TVLine although neither Marvel or Netflix are yet to officially confirm the development. TV Line does seem to indicate that an announcement should be arriving any day now, and based on how high on Bernthal Marvel TV exec Jeph Loeb was when he spoke to ComicBook.com recently, it does indeed sound promising.

“If you love season one [of Daredevil], you’re going to love season two…Jon Bernthal has succeeded in his quest [to not screw up the character]. His Punisher is extraordinarily memorable, in every way.

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The story of Frank Castle – an ex-special forces vet who declares a one-man war on crime after his family is brutally murdered by criminals – is one that certainly lends itself well to a grimy TV crime series, and especially one on Netflix, where we’ve already seen how willing Marvel are to push the boundaries of mature comic book adaptations. I mean it just wouldn’t be a proper Punisher story without some dark guilt and people being turned into a red mist thanks to high powered assault rifles.

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Ever since the rights to Punisher returned to Marvel a few years ago (along with Ghost Rider and Blade, by the way) fans have been hoping that Marvel would find a way to give the character another chance on the screen and do him justice. The dark and gritty corner of the MCU that the Netflix shows inhabit couldn’t be a better platform to do just that, if you ask me.

Bernthal’s Punisher will start going toe to toe with Daredevil when the Man Without Fear’s second season debuts on Netflix on March 18.

Last Updated: January 19, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

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