Pop culture is still on the comic book bandwagon -- which is more like a band-tank at this point -- and you'll hear few complaints from the CinemaBlend staff, as we're all crazy about comic book TV shows! And while we're waiting for the returns of such shows as Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there are plenty of other new comic book that are on the way or in-development for later releases. Here are some of the ones that we absolutely can't wait to watch.
The Punisher - Netflix
Marvel will continue its streak of Netflix dramas with The Punisher on November 17th. Jon Bernthal will reprise his role of Frank Castle that he first donned in Season 2 of Daredevil, and his character looks to uncover the deeper conspiracy behind the event that led to the death of his family, among other crimes. Bernthal will be joined by fellow Daredevil co-star Deborah Ann Woll and former Girls star Ebon Moss-Bachrach, to name just a few. This will be the first Punisher-centric TV series, which follows 3 prior films, although ABC did attempt to make The Punisher a police procedural drama back in 2011. Luckily, Netflix got the rights in 2016 and put Hannibal vet Steve Lightfoot in charge of giving fans a Punisher that's definitely too brutal for network television.
Those who have already seen Jon Bernthal portray The Punisher in Daredevil Season 2 likely don't need to be convinced why this series will be great. His hardened performance was one of the highlights of the season, and the emotional weight he brings with his portrayal of Frank Castle has fans eager to see if this series marks Bernthal as the definitive Punisher when put up against all who've played the role. There's also going to be a ton of violence and justice, and who doesn't love that in a Marvel show?
Sabrina The Teenage Witch - The CW
Sabrina Spellman is heading back to The CW, although she's definitely going to be different this time around. Arrow-verse co-creator Greg Berlanti, who knows a thing or two about comic adaptations, is developing a version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch that's much darker than the original series. It'll be closer to the source material first featured by Archie Comics, and Riverdale fans will reportedly get to see the character sometime soon, as she will be introduced in a one-hour special that's sure to cause some trouble for Archie and the gang.
So why should anyone be excited about an adaptation that sounds nothing like the awesome original show? While this new take on Sabrina The Teenage Witch sounds worlds away from the former TGIF hit, actress Melissa Joan Hart (who is not involved at this time) compared the reimagining to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and combining Sabrina and Buffy sounds like a dream for anyone who grew up during the '90s. We'll have to wait and see if it'll be anything like Buffy, though. The project is planned to debut on The CW during the 2018-2019 TV season.