As fans of “Daredevil” get ready to meet “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal’s take on Marvel antihero Frank Castle/The Punisher in the Netflix program’s season 2, the actor says that he’s ready to star in The Punisher’s own series as well.
In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Bernthal talked about what The Punisher thinks of Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and why a Frank Castle spin-off would be the perfect next step after his “Daredevil” stint.
“Frank is so filled with rage and despair that this idea of a guy prancing around in a costume with little horns beating up bad guys is absurd to him,” the actor said. “It’s ripe for a character like Frank to come in and s*** on that.”
Frank Castle, one of the most complex villains from Marvel, is out to avenge the deaths of his wife and children, who, in the Marvel Comics’ version, were killed in a mob shootout in Central Park. Driven by their deaths, Castle/The Punisher, a war veteran, takes it upon himself to rid the city of all criminals using various kinds of war weaponry.
In the second season of the Netflix superhero series, The Punisher’s trail of blood and violence inevitably leads to a confrontation with Daredevil. In the first part of the official trailer for season 2, the vigilante taunts the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, calling him a half-measure and a coward.
Meanwhile, while Marvel Television’s Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb recently shot down rumors of a supposed “The Punisher” spin-off, Bernthal said that he is ready and willing to take on the job.
“This guy is very much burned into my heart and soul,” the actor told Empire magazine. “I think about him all the time. And I look at it the same way Frank would look at it. I’m a soldier, man. If they call on me, I’ll stand to attention and I’ll be ready.”
The second season of “Daredevil” premieres on March 18 on Netflix, with all 13 episodes dropping at once.