Fans who missed Jon Bernthal in television after his character Shane was killed off in the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead need not fret as he is set to star in another extremely cool role. This time, he joins the cast of Netflix’s hit series Daredevil to play the show’s main antagonist The Punisher for its second season.
Viewers should not be confused that both The Daredevil and The Punisher are classified as Marvel heroes. Comic book readers would agree that the two crimefighters have different styles of keeping the street clear of baddies.
While Daredevil has learned to let the law handle the bad guys, illustrated by his decision in the last season to have Kingpin imprisoned, The Punisher aka Frank Castle, because of his tragic backstory of having his entire family killed by criminals, has a penchant for shooting first and asking questions later. While IBTimes reported the Punisher to play the villain, antagonism between the two is expected to be temporary as they will have bigger fish to fry.
In an interview with cast member Rosario Dawson, she said that she’s excited to see where this conflict of methods leads.
“That’s going to raise the stakes so much more, because Matt Murdock almost behaves like the Punisher in the first season. [Matt] crosses the line quite often, so it’s going to be really interesting to see how they differentiate them and where that goes,” she said.
Meanwhile, another Daredevil arch nemesis, Bullseye will enter the scene come Season 2, so hopefully, the two good guys resolve their issues before Kingpin’s henchman wreaks havoc on Hell’s Kitchen.
Action superstar Jason Statham was recently floated as a possible choice for the role but he expressed his lack of enthusiasm about Marvel’s way of doing action sequences.
“A lot of the modern sort of action movies I see, Marvel comic sort of things, I just think any guy could do it. I mean, I could take my grandma, put her in a cape, put her on a green screen and they’ll have stunt doubles come in and do all the action. Anybody could do it. I mean they’re relying on stunt doubles, green screen and a $200 million budget. It’s all CGI created. To me it’s not authentic,” Statham told entertainment site i400calci.