The premiere date for Netflix’s The Punisher is still a mystery for the time being, though a newly-released motion poster (featuring Jon Berthal as Frank Castle) invites fans to look in-between the lines for clues about the series’ launch date.

After what felt like a long period of silence in dedication of Netflix promoting Iron Fist and The Defenders first, we’ve learned more and more about The Punisher series over the last couple of weeks, with a bevy of new promos and images becoming available for the public. Yet for whatever reason, the streaming service is being cryptic about the premiere date – and after a few rumors and leads were debunked, we still don’t know when Bernthal’s solo series will be coming out.

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To continue to promote the air of mystery surrounding the premiere date, the Twitter page for The Punisher has released a motion poster for the show that invites the fans to “Read between the lines” and look for clues pertaining to the premiere themselves (see below). On the surface, it appears that the poster is just another promotional image of Bernthal looking intimidating and badass in the title role, strapped with an assault rifle and the classic Punisher outfit that he first wore in the final moments of Daredevil season 2.  Though on multiple views, it appears there’s more to the poster, as the moving images teases that the “truth must be taken” in this case.

Looking closer at the image, words flash for milliseconds that may give context to both the subject material of the series and when exactly the show will premiere on Netflix. The words “corruption” and “loyalty” flash by quickly right next to a military seal before the main tagline comes onto the screen permanently, hinting at how the plot of the series will deal with Castle’s complicated military past head on. A little harder to decrypt in the poster is the redacted premiere date at the bottom, as there is some blurring and flashing graphics work at the bottom. One keen eye commenting on the tweets believes that they see the numbers 10 and 20 pop onto the screen briefly, which would seem to indicate that the show will premiere in the middle of next month on October 20th, and the Punisher Twtter account even responded to this theory with a less-than-direct response:

That joking tough-guy response is certainly not a confirmation, but it’s not necessarily a denial either. Therefore, it could be possible that the series premieres on October 20th, but it seems doubtful that Netflix will give a straightforward response anytime soon either. Plenty of rumored release dates have been debunked, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the show is just dropped on Netflix in an attempt to surprise viewers. Alternatively, the date may be revealed at long last during next week’s New York Comic Con festivities.

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The Punisher premieres sometime later this year. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.

Source: The Punisher Twitter 

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