Netflix is really pushing the boundaries of televisual content at the moment, with their fingers set firmly in the pies of various great small screen capers. Their impending take on Daredevil, in all of its fiercely brutal, noir-drizzled glory is shaping up to be a brave and incredible take on the legendary brawler.
But with all the costumed badassery that's heading our way, we're still light one A-grade purveyor of bloody justice that has united fans and Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight in choruses of "what if's" - The Punisher.
Talking with SciFiNow, DeKnight revealed his desire to drag Frank Castle out of a history of underrated and critically lambasted feature appearances and into his very own R-rated TV adaptation:
I’d love to see him get his due on a platform like this. Nothing would delight me more than to see the Punisher get his own show and maybe we could convince Marvel to go Hard-R rating. If any character deserves an R rating, it’s the Punisher.
And judging by just how gritty and downright brutal Daredevil looks in its latest trailer, I doubt it'll be a great difficulty for Punisher to find his footing in the darkness. British actor Charlie Cox, who plays Netflix's titular hero, echoed a similar sentiment:
"Steven DeKnight said that Daredevil is one bad day away from being the Punisher. I thought that was really helpful. Again, it adds to the dark tone, and I think it’s more interesting to watch."
Remind yourself of how awesome Daredevil is promising to be with this epic trailer:
What I'd Like To See
If a Punisher series were indeed to happen, DeKnight is correct when he says it wouldn't work unless it was rated R. The Punisher is a mean bastard, a USMC veteran driven to the edge by the murder of his wife and two small children, who exacts hard justice on any villain that stands in his way.
The show must be brutal...
But handled with care towards the character...
Because how can we root for someone who is utterly soulless?
Who Could Play The Punisher?
With that in mind, who do you think would be able to pull off the brooding angst of one of Marvel's greatest anti-heroes?
He's already had a stab at the character and left an impression on me, thankfully not a fist print on my face.
You can never go wrong with a bit of The Stath, and I think he'd do a badass job. If you've seen Redemption, you know he has the emotional chops to pull of this deeply sad character.
A fan favorite, the boxer and actor could easily step into Castle's shoes and make the character his own. I mean, for the little time he was onscreen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he owned the spotlight.
What do you think?
I'm grabbing at straws here, but one thing is for sure, a Punisher TV series would be absolutely unreal!