Marvel and Netflix have taken a different approach to The Punisher than previous series, according to director Stephen Surjik. Back in 2016, Jon Bernthal made his debut as Frank Castle, aka Punisher, in season 2 of Daredevil. The response was so overwhelmingly positive, both Marvel and Netflix quickly restructured their partnership to the character's spinoff. Bernthal's ruthless take on the character brought many highlights from the season, but he also managed to deliver a level of sympathy that made audiences care for him.
This was only the beginning of Frank Castle's story with The Punisher having already finished filming its first season. The series is expected sometime in 2017, with one director stating that November could be the ultimate landing spot. Now, another director is speaking out about what sets this Marvel series apart from the rest.
Surjik is one of the many directors involved in the making of season 1, and he talked about Marvel's take on this series in a recent interview with Combat Radio. Surjik describes the show as an "adult drama" (which could fit with some of the previous series), but notes the actual approach to the series is what really makes it stand out.
"It is different than the other Marvel shows as far as it is an adult drama. There are no superpowers. You know the Punisher is a character who is based on vengeance, fundamentally. His family is a victim of some horrific thing, but the character himself is well-known and the way that they approach it is very different from the other shows."
Since the Punisher is so different from more traditionally heroic characters, like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist, it is not surprising to hear Marvel is taking a unique approach with his solo series. He is an anti-hero at the end of the day, and it is a much more difficult task making a killer easy to root for.
As Surjik notes, he directed the season finale. The director is no stranger to the Marvel Netflix universe, as he's directed episodes from all four of their previous series -- including the season finale of Iron Fist. In fact, this has already given him the chance to work with Bernthal's Punisher before. He directed 'Seven Minutes in Heaven', which was the episode that delivered one of Punisher's most memorable action sequences in his prison-break scene. Hopefully his experience with the character and this different approach will result in a successful first season for Frank Castle.
The Defenders will arrive August 18th, with The Punisher coming sometime in November of this year. Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix.
Source: Combat Radio