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The Punisher

Netflix has dropped a new trailer and a release date for the 13 episode first season of Marvel’s The Punisher, the latest entry in the Netflix Marvel TV Universe which stars Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as the vigilante Frank Castle.

Netflix had kept the release date (November 17… no need to drag this out anymore) under wraps leaving fans eager to know when they would get to see Bernthal next after his first appearance in the second season of Daredevil.

As you can see, the trailer is full of flashbacks that lay the groundwork for what appears to be a rogue military mission led by Rawlins (Paul Schulze) that transformed Frank Castle into the dangerous man he is in the present. We’re not just seeing a Frank Castle damaged by the loss of his family, he’s noticeably stricken with remorse for the acts he committed while on that mission.

There’s also a persistent hacker who tries to convince Frank to team up and take down the group responsible for their shared pain, revealing a cause behind the chaos that the Punisher is sure to bring.

While there’s still a few weeks before the premiere it’s likely that this trailer was held (or that maybe — and this is just speculation — it was recut) after The Punisher panel was pulled from the New York Comic Con lineup in early October after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Obviously, that was the right call, but there will surely be people who will wonder if the timing will ever be right for another ultra-violent series about a damaged vigilante killer in a country beset by gun violence. The Punisher isn’t alone in having to shoulder the burden of those questions. Look at the Bruce Willis-starring Death Wish reboot that’s coming, though that trailer seemed to giddily embrace violence, laughing it off at a point. Will Hollywood pump the breaks on making content like this at some point? Should it? Those are big questions, but the answer to the first is likely tied more to how many people watch The Punisher than how many people are outraged by it.

Jon Bernthal is going full bloody Punisher in this first trailer for the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series The Punisher scheduled to hit some time in late 2017. There aren’t any other costumed heroes in this trailer and hopefully it will stay that way for the entire series. Frank Castle needs to clean some house before he teams up with any more costumed heroes. Check out the trailer below to find out just how far the Punisher will go to punish those that killed his family. (more…)

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Frank Castle’s journey to live action has been spotty at best. Sure the 2004 film staring Thomas Jane wasn’t absolutely terrible and the sorta-sequel-but-not-reboot with Ray Stevenson four years later was fun ultra-violent romp, and neither of those films featured anyone naked in a sewer, fans of the Gerry Conway, John Romita Sr. and, Ross Andru created Marvel character have been waiting to see the war veteran turned crime buster get a more truthful adaption.

Then, in Netflix’s second season of Daredevil last year, the prayers of Punisher fans were answered when The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal debuted in the role. Well, their prayers were sorta answered. While Bernthal brought a lot of what was missing from the violent vigilante from his previous live action appearances, Frank Castle still wasn’t sporting the classic skull emblazoned combat gear…

Well, wait no more, with the character getting his own Netflix series soon (sometime this year,) and not only do we have the trailer which shows off Castle set to ‘collect’ but also a first look at the heavily armed anti-hero finally dressed properly.

You can check out both below:
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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. (more…)

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2016 left us with no shortage of nerdy television shows to watch and we can sit back and relax without fear since 2017 will be no different. Not only are will boob tube lovers  be treated with continued seasons of Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (Finally!), and much more; some amazing new series are set to premiere this year, which every nerd should put on their must watch list. (more…)

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This past year, Marvel finally found a way to make The Punisher work on film. After no less than three previous filmed attempts, and that includes the horrid 1989 version starring Dolph Lundgren, Punisher is here to stay, albeit on TV. The Punisher series on Netflix will likely launch sometime next year, but there was a TV genius that once tried to bring a little flair to Punisher, although he was foiled by the producers and the studio in the end. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter once wrote a couple of drafts of The Punisher, but despite the skill he demonstrated later with this biker gang show, he found no patrons from his vision. (more…)

Netflix’s ‘Punisher’ Adds Five More Cast Members

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The Punisher is out there, and he’s getting ready for a 2017 release on Netflix. Production on Punisher came up quite suddenly, but clearly Netflix and Marvel Studios know that a rolling stone gathers no moss, and with the overwhelmingly positive fan and critical reaction to Jon Bernthal‘s portrayal of the skull-shirted vigilante, it seemed right to hop on this Punisher series soon rather than latter. Now we know that Deborah Ann Woll will be reprising her Daredevil role as Karen Page in the Punisher show and that Ebon Moss-Bachrach will be playing Punisher’s sidekick and supplier Microchip, but who else will be appearing alongside Bernthal on the show? (more…)

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It was kind of a surprise when Marvel Studios decided to use the Punisher in Daredevil season 2, and it was kind of a surprise when they cast Jon Bernthal to play the part of the shoot first/no questions later vigilante Frank Castle. But the success of Daredevil, and the success of Bernthal’s portrayal, gave Marvel an opening: maybe they could finally have a solo Punisher adventure that won’t suck. We don’t when, we don’t know how, but apparently the new Punisher series is currently in production in New York City, if a spy picture of a grizzled Bernthal on the street is to be believed. (more…)

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According to the normal rules of TV, when you’ve got something good you keep cranking it out until no one wants any part of it anymore. Netflix isn’t following any established method though, they’re taking a different approach: always leave them wanting more. Such is the case for their slate of Marvel Studios programming. One would think that with the tremendous, flattering success of Jessica Jones, and the warm reception for Daredevil season two, that Netflix would want to get new seasons of those shows rolling post haste. But no, we won’t see those shows again for a while. About two years to be precise. (more…)

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Netflix‘s second season of Daredevil was fantastic in so many ways. Jon Bernthal knocked it so far out of the park when it came to Frank Castle and the Punisher that Marvel and Netflix decided to spinoff the character into his own Netflix Punisher series. Bernthal recently talked about the character and what we might expect to see in the series and had some interesting and poignant things to say about Frank Castle and the Punisher. (more…)