Are you pumped? Cause I sure as hell am. We’re only two months away from the release of the second season of Daredevil, and Netflix has been teasing a myriad of new turns for the series in its anticipated second run. The most notable of these turns would be the long-touted introduction of the Punisher, played by The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, a character that has yet to be given a proper introduction in either film or television. There are interesting, even promising aspects to all three of the previous incarnations of the character, from Dolph Lundgren‘s game attempt in the early 1990s to the more sober, hammy take anchored by Thomas Jane in the early aughts to Ray Stevenson‘s enjoyable, pulpy variation in Punisher: War Zone. And yet, none of these have fully satisfied or given the character the fullness that he deserves, a fact that Daredevil season 2 and Bernthal seem dead-set on correcting.
And from the look of the latest trailer for season 2, which Netflix posted to Twitter early this morning, his introduction will mean a whole world of hurt for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), the blind lawyer who becomes an ass-kicking vigilante by night. The trailer essentially recaps the superb first season of the Netflix-Marvel series before a hail of bullets destroys the house of faith that those moments have created, assumedly coming from Bernthal’s violent ex-military strongman. You can check out the trailer right below:
Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t really give any more hints as to how Daredevil and The Punisher will finally have their meet-not-so-cute, but it definitely amps up anticipation for the series. It also gives us a concrete release date for the second season – March 18th – and debunks the rumor that Daredevil‘s second go around would be going head-to-head with DC’s latest cinematic attempt, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will be released the following weekend on March 25th. This averts a showdown between the two comic giants, which might have been interesting if Netflix’s numbers were a bit more regularly available for comparison, but is likely better in the long-run. That being said, considering how people like to now take their time with Netflix shows rather than simply binging, there’s still a huge likelihood that Daredevil‘s fanbase will at least eat into the rush to see Zack Snyder‘s latest on opening weekend, if not nearly as much as a same-day release.
As a bonus, we’ve got a brand new poster for Daredevil‘s second season, which you can take a look at right below: