After playing a prominent role in Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2, Frank Castle, also known as The Punisher, will have his own spin-off series on Netflix. Actor Jon Bernthal will reprise his role for the titular show.
Writer and executive producer Steve Lightfoot has signed up to helm the first season of The Punisher.
“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,” Lightfoot said about The Punisher. He added that he’s excited to develop the story of the anti-hero for his own show, especially after witnessing Bernthal’s stellar performance in Marvel’s Daredevil.
This will be the sixth collaborative project between Netflix and Marvel Television, Entertainment Weekly reports. The online streaming company previously announced that they are producing Luke Cage and Iron Fist. These two shows will lead to the release of The Defenders, which also includes Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter).
There’s still no confirmation as to whether The Punisher will join The Defenders lineup.
“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,'” Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb said via Marvel’s official website.
The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man comic series in 1974. The military veteran is known for implementing his own brand of tough justice. In the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil, The Punisher was first introduced as a nemesis to Matthew Murdock, but the two later became allies.
Netflix and Marvel have not scheduled the official release date for The Punisher, although they are expected to announce more details about the project later this week.
In related news, Netflix is set to premiere Marvel’s Luke Cage in Sep. 30. Mike Colter will reprise his role as the super strong and seemingly unbreakable superhero. He made recurring appearances in Marvel’s Jessica Jones.