Netflix’s Daredevil Season 2 is upon us, and now Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal joins the cast. Recently, photo stills of Matt Murdock and Frank Castle have been revealed, and it appears that the blind lawyer has been subdued by Castle in this shot. Although the picture doesn’t say much about what’s going on here, it is reminiscent of the comic book version where Castle shared a similar relationship in the Marvel Comics publication.
The Punisher and Daredevil photo still seem to represent that the two are willing to interact. Frank Castle’s mantra has always been “shoot-first-ask-questions-later” kind of anti-hero, per Screen Rant, and the comic books he has always been one to never to be easily talked out of taking action against those he feels deserve “punishment.” Castle has always been encountering heroes attempting to stop his actions. He was even included on the Captain America side of the Marvel Civil War event, as Frank was rather opposed to the government regulatory agency.
Daredevil and the Punisher also have similar backgrounds in religion. Matt Murdock is a devout Catholic and always making frequent visits to see his local priest, making confessions for sins he’s about to commit, with the clergy telling him that it doesn’t work that way.
So, one can see how even a lawyer like Murdock walking the edge there. The Frank Castle in the comic books is likely a fallen Catholic that had at one time decided to go by the way of priesthood, but couldn’t follow through in the seminary as he had a hard time providing an act of contrition to those committing atrocious acts.
Daredevil Season 1 writer Marco Ramirez cited Matt Murdock’s “moral code” and his Catholicism, according to Newsarama.
“He has a different moral code… Matt is a devout Catholic — and you rarely see a character who’s a devotee anything on TV. Frank has Hammurabi’s Code. It’s like letting a great white shark into the water.”
Bernthal voiced his experience with fans, some of whom are military and law enforcement. He talks about how The Punisher “resonates” with them. Fans have been requesting Bernthal that he “not mess this up.” The anti-hero is known for his indifference to what people think of him.
“People have been coming up to me on the streets of New York saying, ‘Do not mess this up.’ This character has resonated with law enforcement and military. He’s brought the war home with him in the worst possible way. And the best thing about him is that if he offends you, he just doesn’t care.”
It’s unknown if in Daredevil that he’ll have the same back story, but the comic book version, Castle shows he has served in Vietnam just after his brief stint in the Catholic seminary. There also had been some other renditions of The Punisher in form of movies and particularly a short clip that starred Thomas Jayne that was shown at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con called “Dirty Laundry” as a send off to The Punisher.
Jayne was well-known for his role in a Punisher movie, along with antagonist Howard Saint, played by John Travolta. The film short paid reverence to serving in “the sand box,” as uttered by actor Ron Perlman, with Castle responding, “There’s a war going on somewhere.” So, there’s an attempt at modernization with the film drawing a parallel to the real world war in the Middle East.
Things on Daredevil are also heating up between Murdock and Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Pag, according to Newsarama. Her friend, Foggy Nelson, played by Hunger Games’ Elden Henson, is a man hopeful in turning his friendship with Karen into something more.
For those who want to play catch up with Marvel’s lineup on Netflix, feel free to watch the first season of Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, who stars Krysten Ritter, and later on will come The Defenders, which will star a corresponding team-up. Season 2 of Daredevil will debut in 2016.
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