When it comes to live-action Punishers, it seems that the fourth time is the charm.
Speaking at this week’s Television Critics Association press tour, former Daredevil showrunner Stephen DeKnight promised that Daredevil Season Two's interpretation of The Punisher would be the most faithful yet. For those unfamiliar with Punisher, his live-action history is shady at best. Marvel has tried three different films with the character, but none have been successful. Granted, none of the films were directly under Marvel's creative control, as they are now with Marvel Studios.
“The thing about The Punisher, and I think there are great things about each of those versions, but none of them was completely the Marvel version,” DeKnight told Slashfilm. “And none of those movies were under the Marvel Studios banner until they recently got The Punisher back. So this is really the first time that we’re seeing the Marvel Studios from the Iron Man days, when they can control their own product, actually do this character.”
DeKnight added that while the fourth Frank Castle, played by Jon Bernthal, will play to character’s violent roots, he’ll be much tamer than R-rated version from Punisher: War Zone.
“The first season of Daredevil was violent but I always say it was more implied. It wasn’t nearly as violent as The Walking Dead, a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody’s head in a car door, you would’ve seen the head crush on screen but we didn’t want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around PG-16 and not go all the way to the R,” he added. “I have no idea if they’re planning to push it that far next season but I would be surprised.”
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Daredevil Season Two hits Netflix in early 2016.