When Frank Castle dons Punisher's signature skull symbol in Season 2, it'll be for a reason. During a set visit attended by CBR, The Punisher star Jon Bernthal weighed in on his character's iconic costume. He also explained why he believes the character needs "a tactical reason" to wear it and how he had a hand in bringing that aspect of the story to Season 2.
Asked why Frank is so attached to the skull symbol, Bernthal said, "I mean, it's tough, you know? I just remember last year, there was a whole thing where -- like when he was making the vest -- there was going to be a whole scene with Micro, where they're kind of at the computer, figuring it out, and it was going to be the first time with him in the vest and he was just going to sort of be like drinking tea. I'm like, 'You can't do that, man! It's going to look so frickin' stupid!'"
"To me, I'm really rigorous with the writers that, if he's got to wear it, there's got to be a tactical reason," he explained. "There's got to be something behind it, because he's not a flashy guy, you know? He spent Season 2 of Daredevil kind of laughing at Daredevil, like, 'What the fuck is with that costume? Like what's with those ears? What are you doing?' We've got to kind of make that work. I actually feel like this year, when he puts it on, they figured out a very intelligent, very tactical reason. A very psychologically tactical reason to wear it. And I think it makes a lot of sense."
Arriving on Netflix in January, The Punisher Season 2 stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix.