Netflix has ordered a standalone The Punisher television series. Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle (a.k.a. the Punisher) after debuting as the character in the second season of Daredevil, which was released earlier this year. Writer/producer Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will act as showrunner, as well as writing the first two episodes.
“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil,” said Marvel's head of Television, Jeph Loeb. “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
Netflix's VP of Original Content Cindy Holland attributed the decision squarely to Bernthal's performance as the character in Daredevil.
“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot."
Lightfoot states a goal to 'further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero' with The 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,” said Lightfoot. “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.”
The Punisher is the first new series ordered by Netflix after the initial announcement of the Marvel Studios / Netflix deal for a group of five series: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. While the four titular heroes from those series are scheduled to team-up for The Defenders, EW said it's unknown if Bernthal will join that quartet.
No release date was given for The Punisher on Netflix.