Netflix are working on another smash hit in the form of a solo Punisher series spinning-off from Daredevil Season Two.
Netflix and Marvel are getting pretty bold at this point. Don’t get me wrong, they deserve to be bold. Daredevil Season One was one of the most bone-chilling and thrilling pieces of live-action superhero drama I have ever seen. Jessica Jones Season One was subtler but created a brilliant sense of claustrophobia. However, announcing that the Punisher, a side character and possible antagonist in the upcoming Daredevil Season Two, is going to get his own series before he has even appeared on our screens is a very bold move. Although, they haven’t quite announced it yet.
On Saturday, TV Line announced the Punisher solo series as an exclusive but there has been no official confirmation from Marvel or Netflix at this point. Don’t worry, I’m sure Punisher is still going ahead, but it’s interesting that the guys over at Marvel and Netflix decided to put the information out there in this way. When all of the previous Defenders shows where announced, each garnered more publicity. My theory is that the Punisher series could come with a serious cost. Iron Fist could be replaced by Punisher in the Netflix line up, at least for now. There has been little to no news about the purposed Iron Fist series set for release later this year save Jeph Loeb and Ted Sarandos confirming that the series is still on the way. This makes me think that the series might be delayed back into 2017 or later to allow the various production teams to focus Daredevil Season Two, Jessica Jones Season Two, Luke Cage Season One and Punisher Season One. It’s a rough exchange for Iron Fist fans looking for the first live action adaptation of Danny Rand on the big screen but I’m sure it’s worth it.
A Punisher series is going to be extreme. While Daredevil and Jessica Jones aren’t directly aggressive to their opponents, Punisher is a one-man army with a bullet for every single scumbag and law-breaker that fills the world with crime and corruption. It’s a fun concept although it does present a unique challenge: how is the audience supposed to root for such a character? With Jon Bernthal taking on the role in Daredevil as, what appears to be, an antagonist, it could be difficult for writers to make the character redeemable. This probably means we’re going to get a seriously twisted villain or villains for the Punisher to put down like mad dogs. But no matter what form the series takes, the Punisher is here to stay and he’s looking for vengeance.