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UPDATE: The Punisher Netflix Series Adds Five New Cast Members

Marvel has ordered a Punisher Netflix series with Jon Bernthal in the lead

10-26-16 The roles cast in the Punisher Netflix series represent both potential allies and enemies for Frank Castle.

Marvel has revealed five new actors have joined the ever-expanding cast of the Punisher Netflix series and revealed some details regarding their role as well. The five new additions are:

  • Daniel Webber – He’ll be playing Lewis Walcott, described by Marvel as “a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society.” Based off that description, he could go either way on being an ally or foe for the Punisher, but I’m going to go with “ally” on this one.
  • Jason R. Moore – He’ll be taking on the role of Curtis Hoyle, Frank Castle’s friend, “and one of the few people who knows he is alive.” Ally. Got it.
  • Paul Schulze – He’ll play Rawlins, “a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle.” OK, so, government types are almost never “allies” in these situations, so I’m going to go with ‘foe’ on this one.
  • Jaime Ray Newman – She’ll be playing the character of Sarah Lieberman, who is Micro’s wife (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, a former NSA analyst who has value to all sides) and “whose marriage has made her life far more complicated.” Micro himself sounds like a situational ally and foe, so I’m guessing the wife will be somewhat the same.
  • Michael Nathanson – He’ll be Sam Stein, “a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah (Amber Rose  Revah).” Dinah sounds like an ally (with the ‘I’m law enforcement, and I can’t sanction what you do, but I have grudging respect for you‘ dynamic at play), but this makes Stein sound more like a foe.

With each new addition to the series, we’re getting more and more excited for the Punisher to arrive on Netflix. Which, actually, it’s also just been confirmed as “sometime in 2017.” That’s right, we get Iron Fist, The Punisher, and the Defenders all in the SAME YEAR! Anyone want to take bets on how likely it is the Punisher debut will cause service outages similar to when Luke Cage’s first season dropped?

10-18-16: In addition to a new look for the Punisher Netflix series, Bernthal also shares his thoughts on who would win between Batman and the Punisher.

This past weekend, Jon Bernthal was spotted around Manhattan’s Chinatown area, sporting a new look during ongoing filming of the Punisher Netflix series. And thanks to Just Jared, we have a chance to see that look.

What’s more, thanks to a video from Screen Geek, from the recent NYCC 2016, we know who Bernthal thinks would win in a fight between Batman and the Punisher.

(Spoilers in this paragraph for The Accountant) As an interesting sidenote, the current Batman, Ben Affleck, and the current Punisher, Bernthal, shared the big screen this weekend in action-thriller The Accountant. What’s more, they even duked it out during the climax. So who won? Well, it was more of a stand-off, after the two realized they were actually brothers, and decided to work together to take down the true baddies instead of continuing to beat on each other. (End Spoilers.)

10-6-16: Three Important Characters Join the Punisher Netflix Series

Marvel has just revealed three new cast members who will be joining the Punisher Netflix series, and the characters they will be playing.

Ben Barnes – He’ll be playing the role of Billy Russo, described as “Frank’s Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces.” In addition, he rubs a private military corporation called “Anvil.” Fans of the comic will recognize that name as belonging to Jigsaw, one of the Punisher’s Big Bads. So unless Marvel is doing some realigning, we can expect their relationship to go really, really bad at some point, and the two of them to throw down.

Ebon Moss-Bachrach – He’ll be playing “Micro”, a former NSA analyst who has many secrets that “may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them.”

Amber Rose Revah – She’ll be playing Dinah Madani, a sophisticated and highly trained agent for Homeland Security, “who is vexed by the Punisher.”

Actress Deborah Ann Woll was also confirmed as returning to reprise her role as Karen Page, from the Daredevil series. Both showrunner Steve Lightfoot, who will write the first two episodes in the series, and Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb expressed enthusiasm for the new cast members, and the talent they’ll be bringing to the roles.

10-4-16: Punisher Netflix series star Jon Bernthal sports a different look for the series start.

The Punisher Netflix series started production yesterday in Brooklyn, and thanks to Just Jared, we have a look at the Bernthal’s bearded castle.

No official release date has been set for the series yet, and with Iron First dopping March 17th, 2017, and the Defenders following that, we’re probably not going to see this Marvel vigilante meting out punishment until at least 2018.

In a Move Surprising Exactly No One, Marvel Greenlights a Punisher Netflix Series

The Punisher first hit the scene earlier this year in Season 2 of Daredevil, to massive approval by the fans.  And now, less than two months later, Marvel has stepped up and ordered a Punisher Netflix series with Jon Bernthal reprising his role as the titular vigilante dishing out the punishment. Fans love the character, in part, because he is fundamentally different from Matt Murdock when it comes to their methodology regarding the treatment of criminals. Daredevil attempts to injure / maim and imprison the baddies while the Punisher simply takes them out. Period. As he said to Daredevil, “You know what I think of you, hero? I think you’re a half-measure. I think you’re a man who can’t finish the job. I think that you’re a coward.” Now, Punisher has certainly gained more respect for Daredevil by the end of season 2, but I seriously doubt there won’t continue to friction between the two (and the Defenders for that matter) and their methods of justice.

In addition to Marvel announcing they were ordering a 13 episode first season for the Punisher Netflix series and that Jon Benthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) was reprising his role, they also announced Steve Lightfoot (executive producer and writer on Hannibal) will be the executive producer and showrunner for the series, as well as screenwriter for the first two episodes. Here is what he had to say about the project:

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. 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.”

Punisher in Daredevil Season 2

This show marks the sixth collaboration between Marvel and Netflix, with Daredevil and Jessica Jones already out, and Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders in development. Those other four superheroes, of course, make up The Defenders, but it is still not confirmed if the Punisher will play a role in that series of well. (Not officially confirmed, but, uh, I’m going to go waaaaaaaaaay out on a limb here and guess that, yeah, there’s going to be some Punisher involvement in the Defenders series.)

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