Netflix Prepping Marvel ‘Punisher’ Spinoff Starring Jon Bernthal

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Update, Jan. 17: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos would not comment on reports of “The Punisher” spinoff Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., saying that the streaming service is sticking with the original five Marvel series. That same day during the TCA panel for “Daredevil,” the cast and producers — including Bernthal — were asked about the spinoff, but avoided the question with the producers responding, “That’s Marvel’s decision, not ours. We have the pleasure of introducing Frank Castle into this world.”


Netflix is eyeing yet another Marvel series, as the streaming giant is reportedly prepping to spin off Jon Bernthal’s “Daredevil” vigilante Punisher for a series of his own.

Though Bernthal’s character, also known as Frank Castle, has yet to make his debut on the current Netflix series, he will debut in “Daredevil’s” second season, which launches March 18.

Netflix and Marvel declined to comment on “The Punisher” spinoff, first reported by Variety‘s sister site TVLine.

“The Punisher” would mark Netflix’s sixth Marvel show, following Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders.”

Netflix does not release usage numbers, but according to data revealed last year by Variety, “Daredevil” is one of the platform’s most popular shows with an estimated 10.7% of subscribers having watched at least one episode in its first 11 days on the streaming service. According to NBC’s presentation of Netflix numbers this past week, “Jessica Jones” averaged 4.8 million viewers in adults 18-49 during a 35-day viewing cycle, ranking as the most-viewed show for that time period.

Though Netflix declines to comment on numbers, the sources of data showcase Marvel’s success for the streaming service, making “The Punisher” a seamless addition to their programming slate.

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  1. loco73 says:

    This is like a nerd’s wet dream come true…LOL! I have watched every incarnation of The Punisher over the years. And while they were not really terrible, I think none really captured Frank Castle as they should have. Still Thomas Jane putting out that YouTube movie, “Dirty Laundry”, comes pretty close.

    However if this project goes ahead, it would really be a great fit. The Punisher does deserve more character development and his story more exploration, which a series can offer but a movie often cannot, not in a meaningful way.

    Besides, I am really glad for Joe Bernthal, whom I really like and think really deserves this! He was soo good on “The Walking Dead”, and has a great screen presence, being able to play varied characters. Even his small but memorable performance in “Sicario” (one of last year’s best movies) is an example of his talent.

    I hope this gets greenlit, because “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” are examples of television (ironically from Netflix) done right! For now I am looking forward to “Daredevil” Second Season and “Luke Cage” and lets hope “Iron Fist”…

    Maybe they can get Frank Darabont to be the showrunner!!! He and Joe Bernthal have worked together before and it seems they are a good combination!

  2. Spider says:

    Well, that’s a no-brainer!

  3. Sounds like a good fit, but really wishing that Netflix would confirm a second season of Jessica Jones in the interim. It’s obviously got the numbers so why not pull the trigger?

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