At some point this year, Netflix will have to finally reveal The Punisher premiere date, but until then, Marvel Television president Jeph Loeb just dropped an interesting detail about the series. While we wait for The Punisher premiere date to be revealed, Jeph Loeb confirmed that the Battle Van, a vehicle that was showcased in the original Punisher comic books, will be featured in the new TV series. Here's what Jeph Loeb had to say, confirming the Battle Van for the new series.
"They travel around in the Battle Van in the comics, so it was important for us to do our version of that. It's not the Batmobile, but it's definitely an iconic character that people know."
MoviePilot discovered this quote from Jeph Loeb on the Netflix Media Center. The Battle Van made its first comic book appearance in Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 from April, 1975, with the Mechanic designing the very first Battle Van, and Microchip, who is being played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach in the series, designing the subsequent versions. In the comics, the van includes features such as air-assist suspension, a layer of peel-off body paint and removable license plate, a computer with capabilities such as intruder detection and suppression, USA road and city maps, audio listening device and sonar ranging of outside objects. It also includes weapons such as an electric four barrel mini-gun, 40 mm grenade launcher, four compressed air driven machine guns, each one with 400 rounds of .25 caliber rubber bullets, a bi-modal delivery system in stream of gas, tear gas, and white fog and a robotic arm located in the back, with a reach of approximately 11 feet.
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone. Along with Jon Bernthal as the returning Frank Castle and Deborah Ann Woll also returning as her Daredevil character Karen Page, The Punisher cast also includes Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, a friend of Frank Castle's and one of the few people who knows he is alive and Paul Schulze as Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle.
The cast is rounded out by Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Frank's Castle's best friend from his days in the Special Forces, who runs a successful private military corporation called "Anvil," Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, a highly-trained sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher, Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman, Micro's wife whose marriage has made her life far more complicated, Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah (Amber Rose Revah). Steve Lightfoot will write the series' first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer. Jim Chory will also serve as Executive Producer along with Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television. The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. Hopefully we'll find out more about the Battle Van and The Punisher premiere date very soon.