Now that all four of the original Marvel Netflix shows have aired, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, many fans are waiting to see all of these characters come together in the upcoming mini-series The Defenders. However, there is another series fans have been waiting for out of this universe, The Punisher spin-off, starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle. We reported in April that The Punisher Season 1 wrapped production, but there hasn't been any official news about when the show may premiere. During an interview geared towards an episode of Fargo, director Dearbhla Walsh seemed to have let it slip when the show will premiere.
While best known for her work in U.K. TV shows like the original Shameless, Little Dorrit and The Tudors, Dearbhla Walsh is starting to branch out into more U.S. work. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the director about the recent episode of FX's Fargo that she directed, where she was asked if this was the first time she had directed a show in America. Dearbhla Walsh revealed that there was one other episode she direced in the U.S., for the Marvel Netflix series The Punisher. Here's what she had to say, revealing when The Punisher will debut on the streaming service.
"One other time that hasn't been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it's not airing until November. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada."
Neither Marvel nor Netflix have confirmed that the series will debut in November, but if this filmmaker already knows, then perhaps the streaming service may be getting ready to make an official announcement. Marvel and Netflix announced that The Defenders will arrive in August. The last concrete update we got on The Punisher series was in April, when it was confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy composer Tyler Bates has signed on to provide music for the series.
Aside from Jon Bernthal, who will return as Frank Castle, other confirmed cast members include Ebon Moss-Bachrach as the tech genius Micro, Amber Rose Revah as Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani, Ben Barnes as former soldier Billy Russo, who is also Franks Castle's best friend, and Daredevil star Deborah Ann Woll, reprising her role as Karen Page. The cast is rounded out by Daniel Webber as veteran Lewis Walcott, Jason R. Moore as Frank Castle's friend Curtis Hoyle, Paul Schulze as high-ranking CIA member Rawlins, Jaime Ray Newman as Micro's wife, Sarah Lieberman and Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein, Dinah's Homeland Security partner. Hopefully we'll have official word on The Punisher premiere date very soon.