Last year, Marvel Television added The Punisher to its ever expanding lineup of Netflix shows. Played by The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal, Frank Castle debuted in Daredevil's second season as a vigilante determined to wipe out the crime gangs that killed his family. After finally getting his revenge, he left Hell's Kitchen for his own solo series, which is is due out later this year. Speaking with MovieFone, Bernthal shared some of his insight about the Punisher as a character, describing him as too violent to be "heroic."
"It's an interesting predicament. To put him as the central character is interesting. I think that my big struggle with him is that one of my biggest kind of things that I'm always fighting for on set is, I always want to preserve the essence of Frank, and have the right and be bold enough to really turn my back on the audience, and not do things to win the audience's favor, but rather stay true to the character and the essence of who he is," he explained.
"I think Frank is brutal. Frank is damaged. Frank is tortured. I think Frank, when he engages in violence, there's something utterly satisfying and addictive for him to be doing that, and that may not be something that the audience can agree with or get behind," he continued. "But I've always fought to preserve that, and I think that that's a part of him. I think the pain and what's behind the violence and the reason why he's committing the violence, that's a different story. I want to explore that, too."
"So I think that's the real challenge: being bold enough to not make him too heroic, at least 'heroic,' is important to me. That being said, I think there's Frank Castle inside of everybody. I think being a father and being a husband, he's a character that I deeply empathize with," he concluded.
Developed by showrunner Steve Lightfoot, The Punisher will star Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman and Michael Nathanson.