Daredevil Season 2 premiered last Friday on Netflix, and the show featured the Punisher, a comic books’ antihero, according to USA Today. And as always, the character did not come empty handed. The Punisher came with a clear vengeful mission, and, of course, tons of weapons.
— IGN (@IGN) March 19, 2016
In the second season of Daredevil, the Punisher is played by Jon Bernthal, who fans may remember from AMC’s The Walking Dead as well as Brad Pitt’s movie Fury. And although the Punisher’s fans won’t see that infamous skull on his chest at first, the season will be centered around the man behind the vengeful Punisher, Frank Castle, and his motivations.
The Punisher takes his vengeance to the streets of New York City to punish those who murdered his family. According to Bernthal himself, Daredevil’s story about the Punisher is “a bit of an origin story,” as the viewers will witness Frank Castle’s struggles, as his world has been “completely flipped upside down.”
Bernthal also said that the “unbelievable trauma” he went through has had a large influence on how he is going to move forward with his life.
“The way I look at it, that’s going to be a part of him forever and it’s going to color every move he makes, every thought he has. We’ll see the birth of a Punisher.”
But the Punisher will, of course, not be able to get away with killing people in the city under the watch of superhero Daredevil as well as his alter ego Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox.
In the scene in which Frank chains Daredevil on a rooftop, Frank says, “You know, you’re one bad day away from being me,” which is in reference to Cox’s discussion with Daredevil’s first season executive Steven DeKnight, in which they talked about bringing out Daredevil’s mindset and personality on screen.
And according to Cox, who plays Matt Murdock on Daredevil, Bernthal was the right cast choice to play the Punisher, as he doesn’t necessarily need to do very much to be “very menacing.”
“That’s the thing with these antiheroes: It needs to feel effortless, otherwise it begins to become caricature-ish.”
— Polygon (@Polygon) March 19, 2016
Moreover, as said by Daredevil’s Season 2 executive producer Douglas Petrie, Bernthal makes a great Punisher as the actor “has got a face with a nose that’s been broken 14 times,” adding that it’s “literally true.”
Executive producer Marco Ramirez also added that with Netflix’s Daredevil, they are able to tell crime stories that are similar to The Shield as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“We weren’t talking about the action figure yet — we were talking about him as a human being.”
And as said by Bernthal, who plays the Punisher on Daredevil, his character is very damaged but deep down he is “a good and just man,” and that’s why his pain resonates with viewers more than his violent nature.
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) March 18, 2016
Meanwhile, Deborah Ann Woll says she has accepted the dark fate that revolves around her character on Daredevil season 2, Karen Page, according to Chicago Tribune.
In a recent interview, Woll also admitted that after going through all of her character’s comic-book storylines, she realized that Karen has endless possibilities on Daredevil.
“I definitely read [the comics], because at least in the beginning, I didn’t know how closely we’d be sticking to the comic-book stories.”
She also added that when reading Daredevil comic books, she felt like Karen was “different people at different points,” adding that her character could be anything because she “has been everything.”
“It was good to read it and know that we had opportunity and we had space.”
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