The Punisher is one of the most popular and iconic antiheroes in the Marvel comic book universe. Unfortunately, Frank Castle’s gritty veteran-turned-vigilante has had a hard time translating onscreen – until now.

Actor Jon Bernthal, who gained fame for his role as Shane Walsh on The Walking Dead, earned high praise for his portrayal of Castle on the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil series. And with the premiere of The Punisher spin-off nearly upon us, Castle co-creator Gerry Conway revealed that Bernthal is his favorite Punisher actor.

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 10: Actor Jon Bernthal attends the “Daredevil” season 2 premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Conway gave Bernthal his blessing at New York Comic Con: “Jon Bernthal gives The Punisher the kind of pathos that’s underneath the tough guy,” he said, “and I really like that.”

It’s about time fans got a good onscreen Punisher. The first several attempts fell flat, including Dolph Lundgren’s turn in 1989’s The Punisher; the 2004 revival of the same name, starring Thomas Jane; and 2008’s Punisher: War Zone reboot starring Ray Stevenson.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know when The Punisher will be available to binge watch on Netflix, but Conway will undoubtedly be watching.

Do you agree that Bernthal is the best Punisher actor? Are you exicted for the premiere of The Punisher spin-off? Share your thoughts and comments below!