Fury and Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal is set to shoot ’em up as iconic vigilante The Punisher on Netflix’s DAREDEVIL. Bernthal will play Frank Castle, the fan-favorite anti-hero that isn’t afraid to kill, maim, and torture as he ruthlessly protects the innocent and exacts his vengeance for the death of his family, waging a one-man war against the mob and anyone who stands in his way. It’s currently unknown as to the length of Bernthal’s appearance on the series, but fans of the Daredevil comics know that The Punisher plays a large part in the man without fear’s world.
Charlie Cox stars as the titular hero, along with Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, and Vincent D’Onofrio as the tyrannical Kingpin. Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will serve as showrunners for the second season, after having wrote for the first season.
Regarding Bernthal’s casting, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb said:
“Jon brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”
Created by Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr., and Ross Andru, The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man in 1974. The character has since become an iconic figure throughout the Marvel universe and a beloved addition to the cannon of Marvel characters. The character previously appeared in three films, portrayed by Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson consecutively.
Sources caution that there is a good chance that the character will appear in any of the subsequent Netflix/Marvel series Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, leading up to the team-up series The Defenders. The character may also appear in any of the forthcoming Marvel films. Fans have been speculating as to Marvel’s plan to re-introduce the character into their cinematic universe ever since the company obtained the rights to a slew of characters, Punisher included, from Fox in 2013.
Bernthal will next appear opposite Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, which premiered to rave reviews at Cannes. He’ll also appear in the coming-of-age drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which received a standing ovation following its Sundance premiere.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor