“Daredevil” fans will finally be able to see “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal’s take on the Marvel antihero Frank Castle/The Punisher when the new season of “Daredevil” drops in a few days.
The Punisher is a brutal killer who takes it upon himself to rid the city of all forms of crime. The fictional war veteran is spurred by the deaths of his wife and children, all of whom died in a mob shootout. In the second season of “Daredevil,” The Punisher’s war on crime brings him face-to-face with Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), another crime-fighter who he considers “a coward” and “a half-measure.”
Bernthal’s portrayal of the vengeful mercenary will be the first live-action version of the Marvel Comics character on television. The role has previously been portrayed in feature films by Dolph Lundgren in “The Punisher” (1989), by Thomas Jane in the 2004 “The Punisher” reboot, and by Ray Stevenson in “Punisher: War Zone” (2008).
When ComicBook.com asked “Daredevil” season 2 showrunner Marco Ramirez how their take on The Punisher stays true to the comic book character, Ramirez answered: “What we want is the essence of The Punisher to be on screen, the same way that the essence of Daredevil is on the screen, even though Daredevil wasn’t in his traditional costume for twelve episodes last season, but the spirit of who he is and who Matt Murdock is, that’s the entire show.”
According to the “Daredevil” boss, the question they wanted to ask was: how does the show’s Frank Castle exist in his universe? “We’ve all read the comics, we all love the comics, and we pull as much as we can from all different sources, but we’ve also got a very different person playing that than who’s ever played before,” he said.
Meanwhile, a new 30-second teaser for the upcoming season of “Daredevil” dropped online on Tuesday, March 8, and made its debut during the season 3 premiere of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The new teaser features the two morally ambiguous mercenaries coming to Hell’s Kitchen in the new season: The Punisher and Elektra (Elodie Yung).
The second season of “Daredevil” drops March 18 on Netflix.