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You Work For The Devil, You Better Be Ready For Him: Meet Your New Punisher

By TK Burton | Industry | June 9, 2015 |

By TK Burton | Industry | June 9, 2015 |


No, he’s not getting his own movie quite yet. But in many ways, this is better. Frank Castle, aka The Punisher — otherwise known as a borderline psychopathic serial killer who engages in the wholesale mass slaughter of criminals in the name of justice punishment — is going to appear in Season 2 of Netflix’s much-acclaimed “Daredevil” series. He will be played by “The Walking Dead” and Fury star Jon Bernthal.

The Punisher has had a mess of a history in films — Dolph Lundgren was ridiculous, Thomas Jane had the chops but the went for a toothless, boring version (but is redeemed in the excellent short film Dirty Laundry. Ray Stevenson was actually very good in Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone, but the script wasn’t nearly as good as the action of that film.

If you’d given me six months to ruminate over it, I would never have picked Bernthal. But goddamn, that is some terrific casting. The Punisher is a crazy character — driven, brilliant, and completely ruthless when it comes to his mission. He spares no criminal, and is one of the most feared — if not the most feared — street-level heroes (or antiheroes) in the Marvel universe. He’s a complex character in many ways, but he is terrifyingly single-minded and utterly, completely without mercy.

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He has a long, complex, fascinating history with Daredevil, and there’s quite a bit of overlap in their respective rogue’s galleries. And since he’s another super powerless character, he fits well into the universe that Marvel and Netflix created for Daredevil.

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Bernthal has both the intensity and the physicality to carry the role. And he’s clearly excited about it too.

Also, he loves dogs. So really this is a win for everyone.




TK Burton is the Editorial Director. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.