Netflix has ordered a spin-off series for ‘Daredevil’ character The Punisher. The character, portrayed by Jon Bernthal in the Marvel series, made his debut in ‘Daredevil’s’ second seson, which hit the streaming service in March and he's already become a fan favourite.
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
‘Daredevil’ writer and executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner for the new series. Speaking to E! Online Lightfoot said: "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.”
"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."
Jeph Loeb, executive producer and head of Marvel Television, added: "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.”
"Now combined with showrunner Steve Lightfoot's compelling writing, we're thrilled to bring Marvel's The Punisher to Netflix.” Netflix also tweeted out as special teaser video, after changing their icon to The Punisher's trademark skull.
The Punisher spin-off joins Netflix’s already hugely successful list of series based on Marvel Comics alongside Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Later this year the streaming service will debut crossover series ‘The Defenders’, in which Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team-up in New York City.