Here in the world of film, we’ve gotten used to liberties being taken with many of our favorite characters. Hell, you remember way back when the X-Men used to wear leather suits because The Matrix had only just come out a couple years earlier? Yeah, that was definitely a choice by filmmaker Bryan Singer at the time. By and large, we tend to get pretty visually-accurate characters in our movies and TV shows, but of course, when it comes to the actual characters themselves, liberties are often taken.
In the Punisher TV series on Netflix, the result has been a lot of grounding things. If something skewed a little more comic-booky on the page, they had a tendency to play it down so that it’s more real. This is incredibly clear with characters like Jigsaw, whose damage is more psychological in the series, but he’s not the only one. One other character that’s getting a revamp is Amy Bendix, who appeared in Punisher: War Zone #24 back in 1994. She’s father in that story — a county sheriff — imprisoned Castle when he found out who it was, and that led into a whole deal involving her getting held hostage and all that jazz.
If you’re reading this article, chances are you have seen the trailer for Season 2 and already know this isn’t the case with this version (in case you haven’t, you can check it out above), and speaking with our own Gig Patta in an interview, actress Giorgia Whigham pretty much confirmed this new direction with the character’s role in the series and her overall backstory:
“As a lot of the fans know, she’s based loosely on the character from the comics. We made sure to definitely put our own twist on her. She’s not exactly like the comic book character at all, and I think that’s where a lot of the fun was for me, to have this character that’s already been established, but to add in my own quirks and personality traits and backstories to her.”
Rather than having her be some sort of naive girl, Whigham’s take looks to be much more street-smart and hard-edged. Like the Punisher, she too has suffered, and it seems like the pair will have a lot more in common than Amy’s comic book counterpart.
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SOURCE: LRM EXCLUSIVE