The intimidating presence of Marvel Comics antiâ€“hero Frank Castle, better known as The Punisher, is heading to the small screen…or so it would appear.
FOX has reached a deal on a put pilot agreement for a potential new Punisher series from Ed Bernero, who has previously created shows like Third Watch and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and ABC Studios. The “put” pilot commitment means that Fox is contractually obligated to air the pilot episode, which also means that in all likelihood the network will make a full season order at some point. If something goes horribly wrong and they decide not to air the pilot, they would have to pay up on some penalties.
The planned new series will be of the highly original hourâ€“long procedural variety, taking the brutal Frank Castle character and putting a new spin on him as a “rising star” detective on the New York City Police Department who, when night falls, becomes a vigilante known as The Punisher determined to help those who the justice system has failed by handling things himself.
Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a horrible idea. I’m not as seasoned in comic books as most, but from the few Punisher books I have read (the MAX series), it has to be thought that Mr. Castle is far too vicious for a network like FOX. I’d have trouble thinking it could even work on an FX or AMC, to be honest.
And even worse, they’re turning it into a procedural show, which means after an everâ€“growing pile of cop/detective/forensics crap has been dumped on your TVs, now you’ll get to see one of your favorite comic book antiâ€“heroes in one of them…solvin’ crimes and catching the bad guys? Why not. Perhaps I’m wrong (I sure hope so), but this has an undeniably bad vibe to it.
Speak it, comic book fans. What do you think of a new Punisher procedural drama on FOX?