The helm of the Punisher in films has been played by: Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson, with each iteration only being only slightly better than the last. Marvel’s Daredevil Season Two on Netflix’s will see The Punisher on screen once more, this time played by Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal. Will fans get a proper Punisher this time around? According to ex-Daredevil showrunner, Steven DeKnight, fans can expect this version of the character to be true to the comic series.
The Punisher has generally been written as a single minded character. Never wavers, no second guessing, just murdering bad guys with a hardened resolve. He’s a monster, with a code – a psychopathic Clint Eastwood. He was initially created to be a detestable villain, but morphed into a fan favorite. Unfortunately, the character hasn’t quite made the same splash cinematically. That, however, is about to change…
DeKnight, who left Marvel’s Daredevil series to direct a another project, has said that Daredevil Season Two will be a true “Marvel version” by having the Punisher involved.
“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 said. He is speaking on the previous Punisher movies which where ran passionately different.
“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.”
Bernthal’s Punisher most likely won’t be so R-Rated as the latest Punisher: War Zone. “Doubtful, that was pretty violent.” DeKnight went on to say.
Daredevil Season One was the most violent of any Marvel Cinematic product, but as DeKnight said “..it was more implied. They made it to be right around PG-16 versus The Walking Dead. If you were to see a head crushed by a car door, you would see the door closing around the head, but in season one of Daredevil they took it, just south of all the way.”
Given The Punisher’s hyper violence against criminals, it will be interesting to see how Netflix “implies” gunshots and stabbings and how it sells the insane brutality of the character.
With regret DeKnight had to advance to other career options, at a time where they introduce Deknight’s favorite character in the Punisher. He goes on to say, “I’ve talked with Jeph Loeb ever since I first met him back on Buffy about doing the Punisher. So it was a heartbreak to me to have to leave, but I knew is was in good hands and I loved everything we had started talking about Frank Castle being in that story.”
It can be said with clear distinction that Daredevil Season One was wicked; Season Two I am betting even more so. Dare I say, it will be a punishing season.