The Punisher Heads to Television

Set up through ABC Studios, "The Punisher" will take on the format of an hourlong police procedural. In this version, Castle will work by day as an NYPD detective and by night as the Punisher, righting the wrongs that he legally can't.

"The Punisher" marks the fourth Marvel Universe property planned for live-action television, following the proposed "Hulk" series, "Cloak and Dagger" and "AKA Jessica Jones," based on Brian Michael Bendis' "Alias." Though not in the same comic book universe, FX is preparing another Bendis adaptation, "Powers," currently published by Marvel's Icon Imprint.

In addition to "Criminal Minds," Bernero created the police series "Third Watch."

The Punisher, long since a mainstay of the Marvel Universe, made his first appearance in 1974's "The Amazing Spider-Man" issue 129.