The Punisher clearly was a big hit for Netflix. Fans know this because season two has already been announced. Season one only first aired a few short weeks ago. The newest live-action version of the anti-hero debuted in Daredevil season two. Clearly, the vigilante can carry a season all on his own. Jon Bernthal truly deserves a lot of credit for bringing the fourth version of Frank Castle to life.
Three previous films saw only one version, the 2004 feature with Thomas Jane, receive any real acclaim. Bernthal’s version may actually lead fans to see him as the definitive Punisher and Jane as the star of a one-off appearance in a campy cult film.
Ironically, the series was never even supposed to happen. The Punisher played a subordinate role in Daredevil. Likely, The Punisher was planned for cameo and secondary roles in other Netflix programs starring another character.
Bernthal’s performance proved so memorable that a spinoff series was greenlighted. This broke the previous rule that Netflix would only air two Marvel series per year. While the reviews were not entirely strong, The Punisher was far better received than Iron Fist. The Punisher probably ranks with The Defenders in terms of audience reaction. Overall, the reception was positive and fans clamor for more. Admittedly though, the critical reception didn’t reach the levels of Daredevil season one.
The second season of The Punisher may not arrive for quite some time. New seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are all slated to go into production. The sophomore season of The Punisher would likely need to follow these shows.