According to Variety’s sister TV Line, Netflix is eyeing to develop a “Daredevil” spin-off series focusing on The Punisher, an armed Marvel vigilante that will be portrayed by “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal.
Frank Castle, or better known as The Punisher, is one of Marvel’s most popular characters. Similar to Daredevil, he is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. However, he will do it by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.
When Marvel first announced the casting, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb said:
Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences.
“Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same,” he added.
Bernthal’s character will make his debut on the 2nd season of Marvel’s “Daredevil“, which premieres on on 18th March 2016 (Friday).
No premiere date has been set for “The Punisher” spin-off series yet, but TV Line reported that the early reactions towards Bernthal’s performance was “overwhelmingly positive”.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Doug Petrie said:
Viewers watching the show will be rooting for this guy with a gun but we’re also going to force people to 2nd-guess themselves.
“Taking lethal justice into your own hands in America in 2015 is tricky s–t,” he added.
“The Punisher” would mark the 6th Marvel/Netflix collaboration, following “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones”, and the upcoming “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist”, and “The Defenders”.
Details about the spin-off series remain scarce, but are you excited about Bernthal’s portrayal of The Punisher in the series? What do you think that the spin-off will focus on? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.