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'Daredevil' Adds Jon Bernthal as Marvel's New 'Punisher'

Marvel Punisher Daredevil Actor Jon Bernthal
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The last few days have been less than brilliant for fans of live-action Marvel Comics adaptations, with word that Jason Statham was in the running to join Marvel's Daredevil series as famous villain Bullseye - before he was rumored to drop out just as quickly. But as Marvel taketh away, it seems they're all too happy to giveth, as well.

Today it was officially announced that Jon Bernthal (The Walking DeadFury) will be joining the Netflix series as Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher, making him the first actor to (officially) portray the classic vigilante since Tom Jane and Ray Stevenson's performances in The Punisher (2004) and Punisher: War Zone (2008), respectively.

The word comes direct from Marvel themselves, offering a brief character description teasing Castle's arrival in Hell's Kitchen - and a commitment to his usual... direct methods:

Bernthal will portray The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters. He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.

Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, also offered praise for Bernthal in the role, as well as a brief tease of the impacts it may have on the established cast, primarily Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox):

"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... Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same."

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Few would disagree that Bernthal has earned his stripes dramatically, bursting onto the scene with his portrayal of The Walking Dead's 'Shane Walsh,' before catapulting to roles in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, David Ayer's Fury, and Mob City, to name just a few. Having proven his dramatic chops, Bernthal has been rumored for a handful of high-profile roles in the comic book sphere - with his name cropping up in a few fan discussions about a new Punisher, as well.

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