If nothing else, it looks like The Punisher is a success with fans. While critical reviews are mixed (as they tend to be with Marvel’s Netflix shows), fans are devouring Jon Bernthal’s intense, emotional performance as Frank Castle. So it should come as no surprise that Netflix wasted no time in moving ahead with The Punisher Season 2.
The Punisher Season 2 Cast and New Characters
The Punisher Season 2 will get underway soon, and they’re starting to assemble some new characters. Of course, Jon Bernthal will return as Frank Castle and Amber Rose Revah will be back as Dinah Madani.
Josh Stewart has been cast as John Pilgrim, described as “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.”
Supergirl alum Floriana Lima is Krista Dumont, “a smart, compassionate, and driven psychotherapist for military veterans.”
Giorgia Whigham 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,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television in a statement.
“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,” added Steve Lightfoot, Showrunner and Executive Producer.
But perhaps the most exciting piece of this news is that Ben Barnes is going to return as Billy Russo, and we know what that means…
The Punisher Season 2 Villain
When The Punisher Season 2 happens, Ben Barnes is ready to return as the villain. “I think it’s really interesting after having everything that you have made your foundations on in terms of the way that you come across to the world: his looks, the business that he’s built up…that’s all been literally shattered,” he told us in an interview. “We’ll literally see it on his face. And so I think that there’s great opportunity to explore what that does to his mind and what it is that he even remembers. I have no idea what kind of parameters they’re going to give me to toy with it but I’ve certainly got lots of ideas about he could be.”
But Jigsaw isn’t the only possibility. “One of the villains I love is Barracuda [from Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX series]. I think he’s great fun,” Steve Lightfoot told The Hollywood Reporter. “I also really like O’Brien [also introduced in Ennis’ Punisher MAX run]. I thought she was always really cool. Certainly those two jump out at me initially, but there are so many great characters there. It’s a very fun sandbox to play in.”
The Punisher Season 2 Release Date
The Punisher Season 2 probably won’t get here before 2019. Based on what we know about their production schedules, it looks like we’ll get both Jessica Jones Season 2 and Luke Cage Season 2 in early to mid 2018, with Daredevil Season 3 likely to follow in late 2018, with Iron Fist Season 2 in early 2019. That’s all speculation at this stage, and you should note that no official release dates have been announced. But The Punisher Season 2 would have to be behind those, so it’s going to be some time. See you in 2019, Frank.
We’ll update this when we have confirmation.