Frank Castle and Micro, a former NSA analyst who helps the titular character, will utilize the Battle Van in The Punisher, which has been seen countless times in the original Marvel Comics series. The primary means of transportation for Frank, the vehicle will be used a lot in the upcoming Netflix series.
While not quite as known or beloved as The Dark Knight's Batmobile, the Battle Van is still a noteworthy inclusion in the show. Jeph Loeb, Marvel Television's head honcho, confirmed its inclusion via Netflix's Media Center. “They travel around in the Battle Van in the comics, so it was important for us to do our version of that," Loeb said. "It’s not the Batmobile, but it’s definitely an iconic character that people know.”
The Battle Van first showed up in Giant-Size Spider-Man #4, and has since appeared in numerous The Punisher, Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Daredevil comics since its inception. To help Frank on his incredibly dangerous adventures, the van is usually seen with resilient armor and a plethora of advanced weaponry. There's also a good chance it'll house The Punisher's ridiculously-powerful mini-gun, too.
It was recently confirmed that The Punisher won't have any ties to the other Marvel series on Netflix, besides Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page appearing. “We are stripping down every supernatural element,” Bernthal said. “This show is different. It looks different. Frank is a character rooted in the most basic human emotions… He’s a comic-book character, but he doesn’t fly, he doesn’t have X-ray vision. He’s an unbelievably skilled soldier who’s been very, very angry and very, very hurt.”
In Marvel’s The Punisher, after exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.
The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Farah Madani, and Paul Schulze as Rawlins, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in an undisclosed role.