‘The Punisher’ star Jon Bernthal is about to star in his first role where he is the face of spinoff show off of ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix starring as Frank Castle. Castle is not exactly going to take on the “Punisher” mantle just yet. Like all the other Marvel netflix shows, Castle is expected to slowly grow into his legacy that he is making after his appearances in ‘Daredevil’.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bernthal talks about the difference for Castle between the two shows:
“The Frank Castle you see in ‘Daredevil’ is reeling from the trauma of having his family killed, so the only thing he knows is his mission to kill every single person who’s responsible for his family’s death, and killing them in the most brutal way possible, because that’s the only way to quiet the storm that’s in his head.”
In the ‘Punisher’, expected to be coming out on Netflix sometime in November, Bernthal goes on about what to expect in the spinoff:
“He’s a man on a mission again, and what [‘The Punisher’ showrunner Steve] Lightfoot is trying to do is ask the question, “What do you do when that’s over? What do you find out about yourself when you realize there’s nothing left? What is his purpose?” There’s an introspective bent in trying to figure that out. He finds something to fight for, something new to believe in.”
Bernthal also shot several films with smaller roles in between shooting the two Marvel netflix series: ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Sweet Virginia’, ‘Shot Caller’ and ‘Wind River’. Bernthal talks about how he was able to go through the different roles and then return as Castle:
“Listen, I love the work, and I really want to work on the best piece of material that’s made available to me… With most of these parts, it’s just that they really scare me, and I want to try to find the thing that scares me the most, where I feel like, “I couldn’t do that, and maybe somebody else could maybe do it better than me.” I really do think it’s important when you play a character like Frank to exercise your muscles and get out of that, and to work with different people. But yeah, it’s been crazy.”
Bernthal has also teased what Frank will be facing throughout the series:
“He’s up against all of it. [himself as the villain, running into his past and finding a bigger conspiracy]. During this show, nobody is who they appear to be… This season is much darker as it goes, it gets darker and darker and more visceral. The show takes you on this journey of Frank becoming more and more human again and then shutting off and shutting off and going back to what works for him, and the place where he kind of belongs, and I think that’s a place of solitude and of darkness and destruction. It’s going to get into as dark and as brutal a place as you’ve ever seen in the Marvel world, I can promise you that.”
Lastly, Bernthal is hopeful that the Netflix series will please the fans because he was overwhelmed with the positive reaction that was received from the fans for his work in ‘Daredevil’ and hopes it will translate to ‘The Punisher’:
“Look, there was an unbelievable response to the Frank we put out there in ‘Daredevil’, and it means the world to me, and I’m so grateful, and I do not want to let people down.”
Sounds like Bernthal is taking the role to heart and will bring the best performance that he can as Frank Castle. No disrespect to Thomas Jane’s Punisher, but I truly believe the upcoming spinoff series will be a success as we may get the chance to see the true punisher that was in the comics.
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Look for it on Netflix sometime in November!
Source: Entertainment Weekly