Best known as his role as Shane Walsh on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Jon Bernthal surprised a lot of us with his role as The Punisher in season two of Netflix’s Daredevil. As the season ended, it left plenty of mysteries surrounding Frank Castle.
Previously, the two movies that The Punisher has starred in, plus the lesser known 1989 The Punisher starring Dolph Lundgren, have fallen short of the fully potential the character has. Fortunately for us, The Punisher has another chance with his own Netflix series.
In a profile with GQ, Bernthal talks about his previous stance on playing superhero roles and what changed his mind about it when it came to playing The Punisher, and his appreciation of the comic book fan base.
“I’m working on ‘The Punisher’ now. You know, this whole superhero-comic-book thing is something I had zero interest in being a part of. The guys that I really, really respect as actors seem to have kind of purposely stayed away from that. I don’t mean that I’m above that or anything, just that it was not for me. But then when I got to know a little bit about this character… He ain’t got a f*cking cape. He ain’t got any superpowers. He’s a f*cking tortured, angry father and husband who’s living in this unbelievable world of darkness and loss and torment. Frank Castle resonates with me. And comic-book fans are the greatest fans on earth. It’s not like their insane fervor isn’t based on anything. This is a super-intelligent fan base, because reading a comic book requires you to do a lot of work. You’ve got to fill in all these f*cking gaps. I’m respectful of that. These characters exist in their minds and hearts.”
The Punisher speculated to come out on Netflix in 2017.