Punisher Actor Jon Bernthal Teases A Darker Second Season Of Daredevil



There’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming second season of Daredevil, but chief among them has to be seeing Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) bring The Punisher to the small screen after a string of failed movies. Ever since Marvel and Netflix announced The Defenders, fans have been hoping the character would get a chance to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this looks set to be it.

In a recent interview, the actor was asked about his take on The Punisher, and provided some insight into where we pick up with him when Daredevil season two kicks off.

“As a man who put his on the line and really went through the ultimate sacrifice for this country in his involvement in the military. He’s a guy who brought the war home with him [in] the worst possible way. There are a lot of iterations of this character and in all of them it’s a man who’s gone through this unbelievable trauma and what’s interesting about our take on him is how this trauma reshapes his own philosophy.”

“I can’t give too much away, but what’s interesting is the way [showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez] have made his story a slow burn. It’s interesting to find this guy at the point we find him. You want an evolution and a process. He starts in one place and will end up in another.”

As for how The Punisher will evolve over the course of Daredevil‘s second season, Bernthal teased:

“Obviously secrecy is key to Marvel. I can tell you that this guy, horrible tragic things happen, and we will see how he goes through that. The effect the other characters have on him will push him certain directions. I think once you see these characters collide, it’s tremendously interesting and emotionally gripping as well. It’s going to be a special season. If you thought last season of Daredevil was dark, we’re going to a whole new place.”

Bringing in a character like The Punisher (not to mention Elektra) is inevitably going to make Daredevil feel darker, and common sense says this season will tell his origin story before the vigilante gets his own spinoff series.

We’ll find out more when Daredevil hits Netflix on March 18th. For now, though, tell us, are you looking forward to seeing Bernthal’s take on The Punisher?

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