When the it was first announced that The Punisher would be coming to Netflix in April 2016, it heralded a full embrace of the darker side of Marvel onscreen. Although other more mature shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have already proven popular for their gritty portrayal of super-heroism in the dark unberbellies of realistically crime-riddled cities, The Punisher promises to plunge into ever darker depths. It will revolve around a hero who has no qualms about killing bad guys, who mows down villains with his trusty machine gun and hardly loses a wink of sleep.
After the brutal murder of his family, Jon Bernthal‘s Frank Castle vowed to put an end to the crime surrounding him by any means necessary.
Fans first got a glimpse at this unlikely hero in the second season of Daredevil, in which he clashed with Charlie Cox‘s Matt Murdoch over their conflicting ideals about crime prevention. Castle rampages through the seedy streets of Hell’s Kitchen, shooting through high fliers in the Irish mafia until he is finally captured and put on trial.
The new series will see the story from his perspective, will explore the tragedy that made him the cold-blooded killer who nonetheless makes it his mission to defend the innocent that we see in Daredevil. Until now, not a lot has been reported about what fans can expect from the new show – where it will pick up, what it will take from the comics, how it will relate to what we’ve already seen of Frank Castle.
But in a recent interview with THR, it appearas that one of the directors Dearbhla Walsh has let slip when it will debut:
“[I’ve directed] one other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada.”
Neither Marvel nor Netflix have officially announced a release date for The Punisher, so there is some speculation about whether or not Walsh was supposed to share this information. And there’s no guarantee it couldn’t change at some point between now and November.
But it’s certainly something to look forward to.