Last week, we dropped the news that not only would Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) show up in season two of Netflix’s highly acclaimed original series, “Daredevil,” but that the role would be played by Jon Bernthal, who most people know as Shane Walsh in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Marvel’s Head of Television expressed his excitement, but up until now, we hadn’t heard anything from Bernthal himself on being cast.
In an interview with ABC News, Bernthal finally broke his silence on the news:
“Oh man, it’s just a huge honor to play the part and that’s all I can say about that. I’m very thrilled and we haven’t started yet, but I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Bernthal is right to be excited. After all, The Punisher is one of Marvel’s more popular characters, and his inclusion in “Daredevil” could really be what the show needs to take the material to the next level.
For those unfamiliar with the Punisher character, I’ll give you a quick rundown. Frank Castle starts out as a family man whose wife and kids are murdered after witnessing a mob execution in the park. After falling into a pit of depression, Castle opts to track down and kill those responsible. Needless to say, he doesn’t stop at mere vengeance, and soon becomes the vigilante we all know and love him to be. As far as vigilantes go, he’s pretty much on the same level as Matt Murdock’s Daredevil—the only difference, of course, is that Punisher sets out to kill his enemies, rather than beat them to a pulp.
The Punisher is traditionally portrayed as a mentally-scarred, trigger-happy man, and given Bernthal’s history of playing characters with a few screws loose, it makes sense that he’d be a perfect fit for Castle. If you’ve seen the job he did on “The Walking Dead,” you can see the layers Bernthal could bring to a rather extreme character.
As exciting as his casting is, what’s even more exciting is the potential role the Punisher could play relative to Daredevil. Imagine a scene where the two work together to track down some baddie in Hell’s Kitchen. Upon finding their target, the Punisher proceeds to riddle the man with bullets. This could be the springboard for Daredevil and Punisher’s antagonistic relationship, and a bed on which the rest of the season could lie.
Of course, that aspect is all speculation, but given Punisher’s origins as a villain, it wouldn’t be out of line to introduce the character as such in “Daredevil.”
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