Jon Bernthal joins Daredevil Season 2 as The Punisher
James R | On 09, Jun 2015
Jon Bernthal will join Daredevil Season 2 as Frank Castle.
Castle, who was first created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr., and Ross Andru, is best known to fans by his alter-ego, The Punisher.
One of Marvel’s most popular characters, The Punisher is a vigilante who aims to clean up Hell’s Kitchen, New York, by any means necessary – no matter how lethal the results.
The character has appeared on the screen several times before, including, most notably, The Punisher and Punisher: War Zone, but has yet to be linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His brutal nature, and his military connections, though, makes him a natural fit for the darkness of Daredevil’s violent, gritty world.
Jon Bernthal joins the Netflix series after a strong first season that follows Charlie Cox’s blind lawyer, Matt Murdock, as he tries to protect the streets of Hell’s Kitchen from the ruthless businessman, The Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio). The cast also includes Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson and Rosario Dawson.
Bernthal, who recently starred in Fury alongside Brad Pitt, is no stranger to the small screen: he starred in The Walking Dead as Shane Walsh, the violent best friend of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes.
“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,” comments Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television.
“Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”
Indeed, the new bullet-strewn logo for the comic book series revealed by Marvel alongside its announcement already suggests the impact of The Punisher upon Hell’s Kitchen.
Season 2 will see Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy), who worked closely with Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard during the first season, step up as Showrunners. Petrie, Ramirez, Goddard, and Loeb will serve as Executive Producers.
It is set to arrive in 2016 exclusively on Netflix.