We’re just a few short weeks away until the release of the second season for Netflix’s Daredevil. This season will welcome several new characters, including Elodie Yung’s Elektra and Stephen Rider’s as Blake Tower. But perhaps the most anticipated addition to the cast is Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, otherwise known as The Punisher. With the downfall of Fisk (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) at the end of season one, it was curious to see who they would get to fill those shoes (ones belonging to one of the best villains in television for 2015). And if this trailer is any indication, while Punisher may not be Daredevil’s full-blown nemesis, he is certainly his adversary- in moral, method, and measure (the full kind rather than the half).
But before we were evan able to see him in action, Netflix hyped the anticipation with the news that they are developing a Punisher spin-off series. In promoting Season 2 of Daredevil, Bernthal sat down with Empire Magazine. The interview contained his insight into his character and the spin-off. But first, here is a new image of The Punisher:
That pretty much explains his name. Bernthal had this to say about his character, who is “on a mission to avenge his murdered wife and child:”
“Frank is so filled with rage and despair that this idea of a guy prancing around in a costume with little horns beating up bad guys is absurd to him. It’s ripe for a character like Frank to come in and shit on that. What’s really interesting is that these guys are absolute enemies, but they start to understand each other.”
It will be interesting for the show to explore the morals behind each character, both of whom the audience will be able to sympathize with, at least their inspiration if not their execution.
Bernthal also addressed the spin-off possibilities:
“This guy is very much burned into my heart and soul. I think about him all the time. And I look at it the same way Frank would look at it. I’m a soldier, man. If they call on me, I’ll stand to attention and I’ll be ready.”’
Now that’s an endorsement. Bernthal has proven to be a great presence on the screen, from The Wolf of Wall Street to Show Me a Hero. His participation and enthusiasm for this project makes it that more intriguing.
All 13 episodes of Daredevil Season 2 debut on Netflix March 18th.