Jon Bernthal Returning to Punisher?

Jon Bernthal Returning to Punisher?

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Well maybe.

Small Screen is reporting that Disney has a Punisher series in development for Hulu.

“First, it claims that Marvel Studios is aggressively negotiating with Jon Bernthal to have him reprise the role of Frank Castle.

(Small Screen) claims, ‘The word around the Marvel camp is that Jon Bernthal really wants to play The Punisher again but has been negotiating hard on the contract.’

The scooper then notes, ‘They’re developing a series for The Punisher and desperately negotiating to have Jon Bernthal come back to play Frank Castle.'”

Small Screen has it wrong. It’s not Bernthal that is digging in his heels, it’s Netflix.

The license Marvel wrote for Netflix specified that their version of Punisher had to be legally distinct. That usually means “25% different.” That is the reason that Sony had to fire their own Spiderman actor when Marvel came onboard and their current version of Mary Jane is black.

But regardless, Netflix version of Punisher is legally locked. Disney is perfectly free to use a different setting, which explains the alternate history storyline that is surrounding the Hulu version but using Bernthal himself is legally tricky. Even if he is playing a different version of Punisher it’s still Bernthal playing the part.

Consequently, Netflix has to sign off on it. Which they are eager to do…

… For the right price.

And I honestly doubt if Bob Chapek will agree to that. Ah, well.

Okay, I’m done here.

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  • furor kek tonicus ( you're a sucker if you think Oprah wouldn't feed your daughter to Harvey Weinstein ) Reply

    “The license Marvel wrote for Netflix specified that their version of Punisher had to be legally distinct. That usually means “25% different.””
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    likely related to this … word is that LucasFilm is going to reboot the original Star Wars trilogy.
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    *facedesk*
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    i haven’t been able to get unmolested copies of the original movies since the 1980s and now Hollywood is going to “reboot” them … 25% different.
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    and it appears that Hollywood has made the “juice business decision” that they would rather lose money on a property that they own 100% rather than make money on a property that they would have to pay 25% to a goyim.

    October 1, 2021 at 12:40 pm
  • Robert W Reply

    He’s really good as Frank castle. Derivative even. Given how miserable the rest of the Netflix show was around him, it’s remarkable he managed to still create memorable moments.

    But marvel is always willing to shiv the b tier. So they’ll replace him with something mediocre for cheap and celebrate even more diversity and every white dude not named Frank is the villain.

    October 1, 2021 at 3:28 pm
  • jorgen Reply

    Those ears. Why would they want him? Is it because Punisher is supposed to have super hearing now?

    “Jonathan Edward Bernthal was born in Washington, D.C. on September 20, 1976, to a Jewish family.” (wikipedia early life)

    Ok now I see why. Real white male leads have been outlawed. But fake ugly ones from a certain ethnicity that runs everything are ok.

    October 1, 2021 at 10:17 pm

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