Fans have begging for him to get his own series, and now it has been confirmed that Netflix has given the green light for Marvel’s the Punisher to have his own series, Deadline reports. Jon Bernthal will reprise the role of Frank Castle, a war hero who becomes a ruthless vigilante against the kind of scum that brutally murdered his family. The character was introduced in the second season of Marvel’s “Daredevil” as the vigilante darkness to blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox)’s lone masked Man without Fear alter-ego.
But the Punisher is a different kind of man without fear: he isn’t an Avenger, a Defender or crusader for justice, but simply a man who is punishing those the legal system failed to provide. In other words, the Punisher is the ultimate “Death Wish” fantasy: a man who is willing to make the hard choices, a man who is willing to go to extreme measures in making sure the bad guys stay down – permanently.
The Punisher has been played on the big screen by Dolph Lundgren in 1989, Thomas Jane in 2004, and Ray Stevenson with 2008’s “Punisher: War Zone”. All three films failed to delivered the proper punishment at the box office, but continues maintaining a devoted fan following over the years thanks to DVDs and cable reruns.
Though still a controversial character, the Punisher remains compelling and human thanks to Bernthal, who’s also known for his role as Shane on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. The Punisher will soon be joining Netflix’s line-up of Marvel’s “Defenders”: “Daredevil” with Cox, Krysten Ritter as “Jessica Jones”, Mike Colter as this fall’s “Luke Cage”, and Finn Jones as the upcoming “Iron Fist”.
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