It’s fair to say that one of the biggest comic sensations of the year was Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix and, in particular, Jon Berthal’s take on Frank Castle AKA The Punisher.
And when we heard that he was getting his own series we weren’t terribly surprised as everyone was calling out for one.
And now we know a big more about it. Including when it is set to film – you can listen to the whole interview in the player below: “We are going to do a show with him next year. I’m really excited about that. We’ll have to see,” says Bernthal.
The actor, when asked if he was a fan of Daredevil or Punisher before palying the character, replied very honestly: “To be honest, I really wasn’t.
“My first real exposure to the comic books and the comic book world was through The Walking Dead. It was also an exposure to the comic book fans and their enthusiasm and how much it means to them.
“I had no idea how committed that fan base is. There’s something with comic books, and the medium requires so much imagination on the part of both the reader and audience. It ignites the imagination and gives the audience this sense of ownership of the characters and of these worlds. I think that’s a reason for the passion. I experienced it firsthand with The Walking Dead.
“With this character, Frank Castle, I really dived into the comic book. I got a lot from the books and the research process was fun.
“I wasn’t desperately trying to get into the comic book world. [laughs] For me, it’s about the human being. He has no superpower. His superpower is his humanity. It’s his drive, his rage, and his loss. I could never have played this part if I weren’t a husband or father. Until you really understand what it’s like to love somebody more than yourself and to willingly give your life for them, only then can you understand what it would mean if they were taken from you.
“I really dig this Netflix model of 13 episodes. All at once delivery system of material because it allows for real freedom in the way that you tell a story. You can be bold and take risks or abandon the audience and go very far. The way most of this material is digested all at once. They don’t have to wait 3 or 4 months to win the audience back to explain their actions. I really dig it.”
What about the standalone series: “I’m tremendously excited about it. I look at it as a real joy and a real responsibility and a real honor to play Frank Castle. I feel like he’s in my bones now and he’s in my heart. I’m ready to keep going with him. As far as what this show’s going to be, and what it’s going to be about, and when it’s going to shoot, and where it’s going to shoot and all that, unfortunately I don’t know anything. It’s kind of part and parcel with the way that Marvel works. Information is definitely on a need to know basis. I am nervous, and I just want to do this character and this world justice.”
We’re excited to see what the standalone Punisher series will bring… are you?