The recent success of Daredevil’s first season on Netflix, and the announcement that a second season will be released in 2016, has led to questions about whether or not other characters from the comics- particularly The Defenders- will join Lawyer Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, on the small screen. This week it was announced that John Bernthal is slated to join the Daredevil cast as Frank Castle, a.k.a. Marvel icon, a.k.a. Member of the Defenders, a.k.a. The Punisher. Bernthal, most famous for his iconic role in The Walking Dead, has been well received among the geek community- including the Master of Marvel Stan Lee– despite countless casting speculations that included the return of Thomas Jane.
According to the formal announcement on Marvel.com, “[Frank] Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.” For anyone who is familiar with The Punisher, and his brand of vigilantism, that statement is not much of a stretch. Castle, a military veteran who lost his family to mob violence, frequently uses lethal force on criminals- unlike other Marvel crime fighters. So, while Matt Murdock at least works within the law during his day job as a lawyer, Castle makes no such effort as he works to clean up Hell’s Kitchen.
(For those unfamiliar with Castle’s form of punishment, check out the fan-made short film “Dirty Laundry” featuring Thomas Jane as The Punisher. This clip may not be suitable for those under the Age of 18 as it contains strong language and violence).
Most believe that Bernthal is up for the challenge of bringing Frank Castle to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time- including Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb. Loeb was quoted on Marvel.com as saying “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.” While I was secretly hoping for Jane’s return to the character or for Anson Mount of AMC’s Hell on Wheels to be cast as the newest Punisher, I am not disappointed with this casting choice. From what I have seen of Bernthal’s work, I believe can match Jane’s intensity in the role and won’t disappoint Punisher fans like myself. In the meantime, “Do you know the difference between justice and punishment?”
(Story via Comic Book Resources)