'Daredevil' Season 2: Jon Bernthal feels the weight of responsibility playing The Punisher, praises cast and crew


The second season of the Netflix-based Marvel series Daredevil will feature the introduction of Frank Castle aka The Punisher in the MCU. Jon Bernthal, the actor who plays the role of Castle, talked about his role and how he deals with the pressure of it.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor described how working with the people of the show felt.

“The level of talent from the creators and the cast and the unbelievable crew, it’s such an honor to be a part of,” Bernthal said. “They set the bar so enormously high. It’s the first time for me sort of coming onto something that’s so wonderful. I’ve always been there from the beginning and been a part of that culture from the beginning. It’s an honor and a responsibility, and the pressure is on. These guys are no nonsense and they’re really, really wonderful at what they do.”

Naturally, the pressure of pulling off a rendition of The Punisher that fansespecially comic book fanswill love is on Bernthal, too.

“It’s an iconic character who people care an enormous amount about,” he added. “People in law enforcement and the military this is a character who resonates really strongly [to them]. That’s no-nonsense to me. I know a lot of people really want us to get this right, and all I can say is the people around me are really wonderful, and I’m just trying to keep up with them.”

Steven DeKnight, the show’s Executive Producer for the first season, recently had an interview with Slash Film about The Punisher’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher be as violent as the bone seen in the rated R film Punisher: War Zone?

“Doubtful, that was pretty violent,” DeKnight andwered. “The first season of Daredevil was violent but I always say it was more implied. It wasn’t nearly as violent as The Walking Dead, a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody’s head in a car door, you would’ve seen the head crush on screen but we didn’t want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around PG-16 and not go all the way to the R. I have no idea if they’re planning to push it that far next season but I would be surprised.”

The second season of Daredevil will also introduce Elektra, and will be played by Elodie Yung. It premieres on Netlfix next year.