Ever since rights to the Punisher reverted back to Marvel, fans have been eagerly awaiting the day Frank Castle would be back in action. After all, the character has already gone through three separate film adaptations, none of which really established the character as a franchise-starter of his own.
However, that all could change next year when season 2 of Marvel and Netflix's hit Daredevil series introduces the character in the shape of Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead). The upcoming batch of episodes is reportedly described as "Daredevil vs. Punisher" - and if that's true, The Man Without Fear might want to watch his back.
Bernthal himself has taken to Twitter to tease what fans can expect from his version of the Punisher. By the looks of it, his extensive armory will be making the leap from the comic book page to the small screen as well. Moreover, the actor's one word message, "PUNISH", perfectly captures the essence of the character. It will certainly get fans hyped up about the epic showdown that will inevitably occur, when Frank Castle crosses paths with Matt Murdock's alter-ego.
Here's the photo Bernthal shared via social media:
— Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) September 3, 2015
If Daredevil is looking to up the stakes for season 2, the addition of a fan-favorite character like the Punisher (not to mention Elodie Yung's Elektra) - who crosses paths with Daredevil frequently in the comics - is a smart way to do it. The fact that Bernthal appears to be so passionate about taking on the role only inspires more confidence in his ability to deliver onscreen. After all, he has been doing his Punisher research; there's little reason to think his performance and the character's depiction will fail to live up to the pitch-perfect standard Daredevil established with figures like Kingpin in season 1.
We've already gotten our a few glimpses of Bernthal on the show's set (on more than one occasion, in fact). Still, one key element of the character that remains absent in the skull icon that he typically wears on his trademark black shirt. Perhaps, as is the case with Daredevil's evolving costume, the show's latest Marvel hero (or anti-hero, if you will) will receive a new look by season's end. We're betting that's the case.
Season 1 of Daredevil is currently streaming on Netflix; Jessica Jones premieres in fall 2015; Luke Cage and Season 2 of Daredevil in 2016. Season 3 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins Tuesday, September 29 at 9pm ET on ABC; Season 2 of Agent Carter starts in early 2016.
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