If Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 was an amusement park, then Jon Bernthal’s performance as Frank Castle/The Punisher was the main attraction, from before the season even premiered really. Fans went into it hoping for a faithful adaptation of the beloved character, and one that actually did justice to the source material. What we ended up getting was one of the best performances that we’ve seen in the comic book genre yet. Thankfully.
Unsurprisingly as well, it didn’t take long after Daredevil season 2 premiered for Marvel and Netflix to announce a Punisher standalone series, focusing entirely on Frank Castle and his vigilante crusade. It will, hopefully, unleash the full beast this time around.
During a recent conversation with ADTV as well, Bernthal revealed how Frank Castle will be different in the standalone series, and why he isn’t really The Punisher in Daredevil season 2:
“I think when you’re talking about characters like these, the way they fight, what’s motivating the fight is very important. Beating someone up to drag them into jail is different than someone who is exercising his rage on people. The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He’s reeling from the loss of his family. He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible.”
With the solo series though, which will have Steve Lightfoot as showrunner (Hannibal, Casualty), Bernthal believes fans will get to see the full version of the character for the first time:
“This team that’s been assembled, they’re unbelievably ambitious. The fighting in this show everybody working together. I also believe the way in which he fights tells you volumes about the character. There’s a story with each and every punch, and they allow us to approach it like that. These guys are good enough to choreograph in that way.”
As for what he can tease about the solo series?
“I have no idea. We are going to do a show with him next year. I’m really excited about that. We’ll have to see.”
So obviously it’s still a little early to really tease much about the series, but we do know that the show will be filming next year, and depending on when production actually happens, that means that we could expect The Punisher series to premiere sometime in 2017, or early 2018 possibly. Seeing where it ends up fitting in with the release schedule of The Defenders, Jessica Jones season 2, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist is a mystery for the time being though, so it’s hard to know how long we’ll have to wait before we see Frank Castle return to the small screen again.
Until then, I’m just gonna go watch that prison fight scene again and again and again in the meantime.
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