In April, a month after Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) made his debut as Frank Castle in Season 2 of Marvel's Dardevil, Netflix officially announced a spinoff series based on The Punisher. Bernthal will, of course, reprise his role as Frank Castle and Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, Casualty) will serve as showrunner.
While audiences were captivated by Bernthal's stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle, he wants to make it clear that you haven't seen The Punisher-side of him yet.
"I think when you’re talking about characters like these, the way they fight, what’s motivating the fight is very important. Beating someone up to drag them into jail is different than someone who is exercising his rage on people. The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher," Bernthal told ADTV. "He’s reeling from the loss of his family. He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible.
"This team that’s been assembled, they’re unbelievably ambitious. The fighting in this show everybody working together. I also believe the way in which he fights tells you volumes about the character. There’s a story with each and every punch, and they allow us to approach it like that. These guys are good enough to choreograph in that way."
And what can he share about The Punisher series? "I have no idea. We are going to do a show with him next year," he said. "I’m really excited about that. We’ll have to see."
The Punisher is the first new series added to Netflix’s Marvel slate since the initial deal between the companies was struck. It will be the sixth series overall, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Defenders crossover miniseries.