Marvel and Netflix have officially ordered a Punisher series, making it the sixth series the two companies will collaborate on.
Following the success of Daredevil's second season last month, which saw the introduction of Punisher, Marvel decided to give the character his very own series, as first reported by Entertainment Weekly. Jon Bernthal will return to reprise his role as the vengeance seeking vigilante trying to wipe out all of the criminals housed in Hell's Kitchen.
Executive producer and showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) said that the "complexity and unpredictability" of the Punisher as a character is what brought him to the series. Lightfoot added that Bernthal's performance in Daredevil was just another reason he was excited to start working on the show, praising the actor for his portrayal of the character. Punisher, Lightfoot said, will focus on the development and progression of the character as an anti-hero within the Marvel universe.
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
In 2013, Marvel and Netflix announced they would be partnering up for five new series based on characters within the comic book company's universe that hadn't been brought to the big screen. Daredevil was the first show, followed by Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. The first two series can be streamed on Netflix right now, with Luke Cage hitting the service at the end of September. Iron Fist will be starting production soon, with The Defenders going into production next year.
Netflix and Marvel will reportedly announce the new Punisher series later today. The first promo shot for the show can be seen above.