In some rather cool and surprising news, it’s been revealed that The Punisher will be appearing in the second season of Marvel’s Netflix-exclusive Daredevil. Not only that, Jon Bernthal has been cast as Frank Castle!
Bernthal seems like a great fit for Punisher, with genre fans likely most familiar with the actor for his turn as unhinged Shane in The Walking Dead. He’s also recently appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street and Fury, and was even rumoured to be playing Snake Plissken in the in-development Escape from New York remake.
On the casting of Bernthal, Marvel’s Jeph Loeb said, “Jon Bernthal 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.”
The character of Frank Castle is a huge favourite amongst Marvel comic book fans, and his story is that he’s a tortured former military man who saw his family killed by the mob. As a result, he unleashes a one-man war on the mob and all other criminals. The difference in Frank compared to other Marvel characters is that he thinks nothing of killing those who he goes up against, making him an anti-hero who is often at loggerheads with the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man thanks to his methods. The Punisher has previously been seen on the big screen played by Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson. Given how Daredevil is set in the same world as the big screen Marvel Studios movie, that essentially means that if Frank Castle appears in the big screen MCU then it will be Bernthal playing the character.
Daredevil’s second season is set to start shooting at the end of this month, with it airing next year.
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