Jon Bernthal is now The Punisher, the title character for his own series on Netflix following his debut of the character on Season 2 of Daredevil. Netflix has officially green-lit the series, which will star Bernthal in the title role. He first portrayed the character in Daredevil, causing fans to cheer from coast to coast.
There is something to be said for Jon Bernthal as an actor. Before he was The Punisher, he was Shane on The Walking Dead. He played an archetypal character on that show who breached the boundaries of what is good and bad. Although he was a hero to many on that show, he was also a villain to one – Rick Grimes.
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Fans of Jon Bernthal might even go as far as to say that he plays the perfect anti-hero in a TV show. The rise of the anti-hero was made popular by Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) from The Shield on FX. That network also took the anti-hero to new heights when they introduced the world to Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) on Sons of Anarchy.
If you take that into consideration moving forward, then Jon Bernthal is poised to play an unforgettable role as The Punisher in the spinoff Marvel TV series that has been making tremendous waves on Netflix, according to E! News.
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
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With Jon Bernthal’s introduction as The Punisher in Season 2 of Daredevil, the sky is the limit as to how far he can take the role. The Punisher himself (aka Frank Castle) has a long history of comic book material to work with from the Marvel vault.
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Jeph Loeb, who is the series executive producer and head of Marvel Television, is also thrilled to be expanding the Marvel TV Universe on Netflix. For one thing, he is not constricted by the threat of the FCC crawling down his neck like he would be if he were producing the show on broadcast TV. That also applies to the standards set forth by certain cable networks like FX and AMC, which are only slightly more lax than broadcast.
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Loeb released a statement on the new Jon Bernthal-starring show The Punisher, and he is quite thrilled with what’s to come for the spinoff series.
“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s [Bernthal] stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil,” Loeb said in the statement. “Now combined with showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”
Fans of The Punisher and other Marvel superheroes will be excited to know that Lightfoot came from the critically acclaimed and highly controversial NBC series Hannibal. There is no doubt that he will be bringing that same unique talent that he had in that show over to The Punisher.
He also had a few things to say about Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of The Punisher that proves that this series is going to get all of the attention and care that it deserves.
“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,” Lightfoot said in a statement he released about the Netflix show. “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.”
— Liam Barlow (@liambarlow92) April 20, 2016
There is much more than just The Punisher to look forward to on Netflix this year. Not only will Luke Cage be debuting on the streaming platform, but Jessica Jones has also received a new order for Season 2 on Netflix. This will expand the Marvel domination on Netflix to five shows, which all will be interconnected in some way and fans can expect to see their favorite superheroes appearing on each other’s episodes.
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