Oh, yes! PUNISHER series ordered by Netflix!

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Oh, this news makes me so happy! I’ve already explained why I think season two of Daredevil is superior to season one, and in that explanation I touch on Jon Bernthal’s depiction of the rather angry Punisher. And what a depiction it is. Angry, psychotic, VIOLENCE INCARNATE with a side order of vulnerability and sadness – he did such a good job people wanted him to appear in his own stand-alone series.

Well, ladies and gents, you are getting what you want! Marvel have now officially announced that Netflix have ordered a standalone series for The Punisher, following on the aforementioned Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

Marvel has done a damn fine job of late giving fans exactly what they ask for while still putting new contemporary twists on classic stories and characters. Just look at Captain America: Civil War for the latest example of this balancing act. That film, as a result, brought in stellar reviews and around $200.4 million this last weekend, putting it just a fraction behind Avengers: Age of Ultron – the biggest difference being that it’s actually a GREAT movie (I’m off to watch it again at IMAX tomorrow). So I am fairly certain that with the same type of approach, the Punisher is going to blow all our tiny minds, possibly with a bazooka or sticky grenade.

Steve Lightfoot of Hannibal fame will take the role of executive producer and had this to say:

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.

Have a look at the ‘teaser’ video. It’s the nursery rhyme that Frank Castle used to sing to his daughter, and to be honest it’s pretty damn scary.

Yeah, that’s something I would sing to my child… This really has me excited. I thought that the detail given to Castle (no, not the one of Fillion fame!) was better than Elodie Yung’s Elektra and certainly deserves more of a look. Jon is an intense actor and with a decent script this could surpass even Jessica Jones in badassness. Sadly we have no idea on when the series will land, though I would say that with a second season of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Defenders coming up it may be a few years.

Last Updated: May 3, 2016

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

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