A set of leaked images from behind the scenes of filming Daredevil season 2 has brought us our first look at our DC Universe Punisher! Portrayed by Jon Bernthal of The Walking Deadand Mob City fame, the Punisher is sure to play a major role in the highly anticipated upcoming season. The below images, from JustJared, show Bernthal's Punisher with another character in a stranglehold, presumably pressing for information as he is wont to do.
For those who are unfamiliar with the character's backstory, Frank Castle, A.K.A the Punisher, is an anti-hero who employs "whatever means necessary" to bring down criminals. He's spurred onto this course of action following the deaths of his family at the hands of the mob, and known popularly for being excessively violent and willing to murder. Unsurprisingly, he often clashes with superheroes.
Joe Quesada, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, has confirmed that Daredevil will be used to explore the darker side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Punisher certainly fits well into that framework.
Daredevil and the Punisher have always had a very rocky relationship; two men set upon the same course of action but taking very different steps to succeed in their quest to clean up Hell's Kitchen. The tension between them has been well-documented before, in the comic book run of Daredevil vs Punisher: Means and Ends as well as in other titles, but this is the first time we're going to see them go head to head on the big screen.
The thorn in their sides? The age old question: is it right for a vigilante/superhero to kill to protect their streets? In his Netflix iteration Daredevil has always been on the non lethal side, making a vow never to kill (with which he struggles during his battles with Fisk in season 1). The Punisher however... Well his whole persona is built around taking bloody vengeance upon criminals, usually by shooting them full of holes.
Marco Ramirez has described the second season as “Daredevil vs. the Punisher”, but whether or not the Punisher is going to go full on villain mode here remains to be seen. As it stands, no definite antagonists have been named for season 2. We're probably going to see a more metaphysical struggle between the two - the protector and the eradicator, but I'm sure they'll also get to go head-to-head, fist-to-fist along the way.
Elektra Natchios, Daredevil's old flame, has also been confirmed to be making an appearance in season 2, portrayed by French actress Élodie Yung, and brings with her her own villainous possibilities.
It's going to take a lot to provide a more perfect arch-nemesis than that of Vincent D’Onofrio's Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, but add the rumours swirling that he'll be returning and that Daredevil's other arch-nemisis Bullseye will be making an appearance, and next season is shaping up to be pretty exciting.