TVLine reports that Jon Bernthal's take on The Punisher is being so well-received by executives, a spin-off series for the character and star is now in development. The series would spin directly out of his appearances in Daredevil, and be another Marvel TV/Netflix collaboration. The site did not divulge a source, and neither Marvel nor Netflix have commented or confirmed the reports.
Bernthal has received high praise from producers, writers, fellow actors, and executives alike for his portrayal of the gun-toting vigilante who thinks the only way to combat the criminal element is with lethal force.
"[Jon Bernthal's] Punisher is extraordinarily memorable, in every way," Marvel TV Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb told ComicBook.com earlier this week.
The series would be the first one that wasn't part of the initial Marvel/Netflix announcement. That initial plan included Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a Defenders mini-series that brings those four characters together. The first two series, Daredevil and Jessica Jones both premiered in 2015 to critical and fan acclaim. Luke Cage is filming now.
Jon Bernthal will debut as The Punisher alongside Elodie Yung as Elektra on Daredevil season 2, hitting Netflix March 18, 2015. Series stars Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen page), and Elvin Henson (Foggy Nelson), all make their returns, as well.