It looks like Netflix’s Marvel gamble has paid off. Daredevil recently took the title of the online network’s highest rated show, beating out the likes of Breaking Bad. I’m checking to make sure that’s accurate, because the last time I checked, TV shows didn’t get better than Breaking Bad. But anyway…
Whenever Marvel announced that they were teaming up with Netflix to bring five new series to fans, no one was sure exactly what format they would follow. The TV shows — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — will all be broadcast as a run-up to The Defenders, which is basically a street-level version of the Avengers. In theory, if any of these shows caught on with fans, they could see a multiple seasons, but how long would we have to wait to see them? It looks like Luke Cage and Iron Fist won’t be out until 2016, with The Defenders presumably following in 2017. Would we have to wait until all of those shows had concluded before seeing a second season of Daredevil?
It looks like the answer to that is, not at all. Daredevil has opened to rave reviews and, as mentioned, has become Netflix’s highest rated show. If the people want it and it’s going to bring in some money, why wait? Marvel’s announced that the second season of the show will debut in 2016. And today, we heard that Jon Bernthal, who many will know as huge douchebag Shane in AMC’s The Walking Dead has been cast as the Punisher! That’s pretty cool news, and signals that a show that’s already been noted for its dark tone may be set to go even darker when it comes back.
There have been rumors that once all these Netflix shows have come out, Marvel will announce a “Phase 2” round of shows, with Punisher being one of those titles. Some have poo-pooed the idea, saying that the character may be a little too dark for execs’ tastes. Introducing the character in Daredevil may be the best way to test the waters and see what kind of reaction he gets from fans. If he’s popular enough, there’s no reason he couldn’t be spun off into his own show somewhere down the line. Personally, I’m all for it. One of my biggest complaints whenever it comes to Marvel is that their universe is too homogenized. I think their world could stand a little variation in tone, and there’s no way to do a lighthearted Punisher. It’s first season proved that Daredevil could handle this kind of material, so I’m excited to see where they go with it.