In January, TV Line reported that Jon Bernthal's Punisher may be getting a show of his own, a spin-off from Daredevil set to join fellow Netflix/Marvel partnerships like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and new fan favorite Jessica Jones. We can now confirm that Marvel has officially put the series into works.
Bernthal, known for The Walking Dead and Sicario, appeared as The Punisher Frank Castle in Season 2 of Daredevil, and will now be working on the hero's own dedicated show:
The Punisher, or Frank Castle, is the military man turned family man who "punishes" all those who do evil after his own wife and kids are assassinated by the mafia, at the wrong place at the wrong time. Castle becomes a vigilante, hungry for justice and revenge towards criminals.
Bernthal's Punisher was particularly well-received, and for good reason. The 39-year-old immersed himself in Castle's world in order to best portray him:
"Luckily I know guys in the military branch he was in," Bernthal told EW before the show aired. "I trained with them and trained a lot with weapons. But with Frank, what was important was the emptiness inside him. He’s dealing with this unbelievable loss. There’s unbelievable anger and hatred and shame.
"There’s a sense of responsibility and as a father and husband, if I were to lose my family on my watch. I had to put myself in as dark of [a] place as possible the last six months."
Expect word from Netflix and Marvel on the series in the next couple weeks.