Netflix ‘Daredevil’ Showrunner Talks R-Rated ‘Punisher’ Spinoff Potential
Marvel’s Daredevil TV series will kick off the first of Netflix’s Defenders by its April 10 premiere, but between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Phase 3 mapped out through the end of time, might any other famous Marvel characters get their live-action due? Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight hopes to see The Punisher on Netflix someday, in all his rated-R glory.
Take this one with a healthy pinch of salt, as Marvel’s current 60-episode Defenders order will take us through Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron First and The Defenders before even thinking about second seasons, let alone spinoffs. That said, Daredevil boss Steven S. DeKnight offered some interesting comments to SciFiNow, echoing other sentiments that Marvel anti-hero the Punisher would fit well into the “street-level” Netflix world:
I’ve been a huge fan of the Punisher comics for years. 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.
For those following cinematic superhero trades, the Punisher rights reverted back to Marvel from Lionsgate several years ago, along with Daredevil from 20th Century Fox, Ghost Rider from Sony and Blade from New Line. For the moment at least, no current plans exist to incorporate the Punisher (or any of the other reverted characters) into Netflix’s Defenders, though Charlie Cox and DeKnight have also spoken of the character as a reference point for their portrayal of Matt Murdock, mentioning at New York Comic-Con 2014 that they considered Daredevil to be one bad day away from becoming Frank Castle.
We’ll see what surprises Daredevil has in store next Friday (look for our early review this week), but could Marvel ever find room for the Punisher in its cinematic universe? What should become of the four Netflix series after the big Defenders teamup series?