Fans asked for it and Netflix responded by ordering up Marvel’s The Punisher starring Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead). Bernthal joined the cast of Marvel’s Daredevil for season two of the series and proved to be so popular with viewers that Netflix and Marvel have given The Punisher spin-off a full season order.
Hannibal‘s Steve Lightfoot is writing the first two episodes and serving as executive producer/showrunner. Netflix and Marvel also have Marvel’s Luke Cage, Marvel’s Iron Fist, and Marvel’s The Defenders in the works, with Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones currently streaming.
“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 Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
“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,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
“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 Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve 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.”