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Netflix Reveals The Punisher’s New Look For Upcoming Series
The very same day that Netflix released Marvel’s The Defenders — a superhero mashup featuring Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and The Iron Fist — the streaming site decided to up its crime-fighting game with an Aug. 18 teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated Daredevil spinoff, The Punisher, slated to air sometime in 2017.
Then, on Aug. 22, Netflix and Marvel started trolling fans clamoring for the return of Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as The Punisher. Netflix dropped a new promotional image showing Frank Castle, a recon Marine-turned-boogieman for the criminal underworld, kitted out in his skull-emblazoned body armor, looking ready to take out whatever idiot villain gets in his way. His iconic uniform seems to have gotten an upgrade. Netflix’s Punisher has traded in the historically white skull t-shirt and trench coat we’ve seen on previous versions of the character for a more tactical look.
Castle left the military a war hero, but took on the mantle of The Punisher after his family was brutally murdered in a gang-related shooting. Driven by revenge and the conviction that those who operate outside of the law don’t deserve its protection, Castle hunts down criminals with military precision, and unlike The Defenders, he just straight-up wastes them.
The hype for the upcoming series didn’t stop with the promo image, either. A Twitter video promoting the upcoming series, dropped on Aug. 22, but the release date was — at this point, predictably — missing.
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 21, 2017
Damn you, Netflix.
We’re going to have to wait a little longer for The Punisher to drop down on us — not unlike the criminal quarry he hunts. Crap, that’s terrifying.
Former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, whom President Donald Trump recently pardoned of his 2013 murder conviction, claims he was nothing more than a pawn whom generals sacrificed for political expediency.
The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.
During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.
"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."
"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."
Fifteen years after the U.S. military toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Army's massive two-volume study of the Iraq War closed with a sobering assessment of the campaign's outcome: With nearly 3,500 U.S. service members killed in action and trillions of dollars spent, "an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor.
Thanks to roughly 700 pages of newly-publicized secret Iranian intelligence cables, we now have a good idea as to why.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Trump also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq.
Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."
"I have great faith in the military justice system," Esper told reporters during a trip to Bangkok, in his first remarks about the issue since Trump issued the pardons.
For one veteran who fought through the crossfires of German heavy machine guns in the D-Day landings, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of his service and that of his World War II comrades would be "quite meaningful."
Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to award the Army Rangers of World War II the medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
An airman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was arrested and charged with murder on Sunday after a shooting at a Raleigh night club that killed a 21-year-old man, the Air Force and the Raleigh Police Department said.