After months of speculation, The Punisher Season 2 has a release date – and we can confirm it’ll be arriving on Netflix in January.
The Netflix Original series, which was commissioned as a spin-off from Daredevil, stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, a former soldier turned vigilante on the hunt for revenge amid a wider conspiracy. The show’s showcasing of gun violence, at a time when it has rarely been so hotly debated or tragically important, led some to praise the series for its attempts to address the issue, and others to criticise it for trying to have its cake and eat it, although praise for Bernthal’s performance was widespread.
It was with some surprise, then, that Netflix and Marvel renewed the programme for a second run. Now, as that second run draws closer, there is more debate about whether the show will ever have a third: The Punisher’s return arrives as Netflix’s other Marvel properties are being gradually cancelled, with Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage all refused a renewal for another season. At the time of writing. Castle and Jessica Jones are the only two Marvel heroes left standing on Netflix.
Castle will, however, be joined by some new faces in Season 2. Josh Stewart (Insidious: The Last Key) has been cast as John Pilgrim, a man who has left behind a life of violence, but will be forced to use his old skills and enter Frank Castle’s world. Floriana Lima (Supergirl) will play Krista Dumont, a smart, compassionate, and driven psychotherapist for military veterans. Giorgia Whigham (Scream) will join them as Amy Bendix, a street-smart grifter with a mysterious past.
When exactly we get to see the cast in action isn’t yet known, but we can confirm the second season will officially arrive on Netflix in January. Watch this space for a confirmed date – or see our full guide to what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in January 2019.
Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole join The Punisher Season 2
11th May 2018
Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole have joined Season 2 of Marvel’s The Punisher.
The series, which stars Jon Bernthal, follows former marine turned vigilante Frank Castle, a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results. The show, which was commissioned as a spin-off from Daredevil, was renewed for a second run shortly after its first season debut. Season 2 is Executive Produced by Steve Lightfoot, along with Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory (Luke Cage, Iron Fist).
Since then, the show has wasted no time in adding new faces to join Bernthal. American Gods’ Bernsen will play the role of Anderson Schultz, an extremely wealthy man who’s grown accustomed to getting his way. His power and legacy are of prime importance, and he’ll implement less-than legal means to further those ends.
Smallville alumni O’Toole has been cast as Eliza Schultz, a conniving, wealthy woman, cut from the same manipulative cloth as her husband.
“We are delighted to have Annette and Corbin join the remarkable talent this season,” says Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, “Our audience will enjoy them in very unexpected but perfectly cast roles.”
“I’m very excited to have actors of this caliber and talent of Corbin and Annette joining us on Marvel’s The Punisher,” adds Showrunner and Executive Producer Steve Lightfoot.
O’Toole and Bernsen join previously announced Season 2 cast members Josh Stewart (John Pilgrim), Floriana Lima (Krista Dumont) and Giorgia Whigham (Amy Bendix), along with Season 1 returning cast members Ben Barnes (Billy Russo), Amber Rose Revah (Dinah Madani) and Jason R. Moore (Curtis Hoyle).
Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima, and Giorgia Whigham join The Punisher Season 2
27th February 2018
Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima, and Giorgia Whigham have all joined Season 2 of The Punisher.
The Netflix Original series, which was commissioned as a spin-off from Daredevil, stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, a former soldier turned vigilante on the hunt for revenge amid a wider conspiracy. The show’s showcasing of gun violence, at a time when it has rarely been so hotly debated or tragically important, led sonw to praise the series for its attempts to address the issue, and others to criticise it for trying to have its cake and eat it, although praise for Bernthal’s performance was widespread. Nonetheless, Netflix and Marvel were happy with the end result, renewing the programme for a second run.
Now, Marvel confirms that new characters will be entering Frank Castle’s story in Season 2, with a trio of actors cast.
Josh Stewart (Insidious: The Last Key, Shooter), Floriana Lima (Lethal Weapon, The Family), and Giorgia Whigham (Scream, Sierra Burgess is a Loser) all joining the cast of the series.
Josh Stewart (Insidious: The Last Key) has been cast as “John Pilgrim,” a man whose calm exterior belies a ruthless interior. Despite having left behind a life of violence, circumstances will force him to use his old skills and bring him into Frank Castle’s world. Floriana Lima (Supergirl) will play the role of “Krista Dumont,” a smart, compassionate, and driven psychotherapist for military veterans. Giorgia Whigham (Scream) has been locked to play “Amy Bendix,” a street-smart grifter with a mysterious past.
“Josh, Floriana and Giorgia are all remarkable talents and we can’t wait for the audience to see what we have in store for them in the second season of Marvel’s The Punisher,” says Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television.
“We are incredibly excited to have Josh, Floriana and Giorgia joining the cast of Marvel’s The Punisher and seeing them bring their talents to the next chapter in the Frank Castle story,” adds Steve Lightfoot, Showrunner and Executive Producer.
Stewart, Lima, and Whigham will join returning cast members Ben Barnes as ‘Billy Russo,’ Amber Rose Revah as ‘Dinah Madani,’ and Jason R. Moore as ‘Curtis Hoyle.’
Netflix renews The Punisher for Season 2
12th December 2017
Netflix has renewed The Punisher for a second season.
The series, which is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, sees Jon Bernthal reprise his role as Frank Castle, who appeared in Daredevil Season 2. After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld.
The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.
The show was originally planned to be released as a surprise, but Netflix delayed the series’ debut in the wake of the tragic shooting Las Vegas, prompting the debate of whether the show could ever be released at the right time – and whether an entertaining thriller about a vigilante hero, exploring issues of gun violence, was attempting to have its cake and eat it. You can listen to our debate about the show on our podcast, The VOD Pod.
Netflix, though, is clearly happy with the response the show has received, announcing within weeks of Season 1’s premiere that a second season is on the way. The announcement was made via the official The Punisher Twitter account, with a new video featuring the iconic Punisher skull, before revealing the number “2”.