The anticipation is building as we are getting closer to the premiere of Daredevil Season 2 and the debut of John Bernthal as The Punisher. Now we can sit here all day and talk about all the cool things to look forward to when Daredevil welcomes Frank Castle into his universe, but I want to discuss what can take place when Netflix pulls the trigger on a standalone Punisher series...hopefully.
With the level of violence already demonstrated in last year's Daredevil, we can only imagine the blood and guts spilled in a Punisher series. In the past versions, Dolph Lungren's version didn't quite pan out so well as fans would have hoped. Thomas Jane's version was better in his indie flick rather than the movie itself, and Ray Stevenson's version to date is the most violent version yet. A good number of fans believe Ray Stevenson's Punisher deserved another crack at it! Now although I loved War Zone, John Bernthal can potentially be bloodier than even Ray's version.
If you look at the comic history for the Punisher, you'll find stories that can elevate any modern Punisher telling to a MA rating, easily. Let's talk about 1986's Circle of Blood storyline, written by Steven Grant, and how it can begin a Punisher series. The story has Frank incarcerated in Riker's Island where he meets Jigsaw for the first time. Imagine HBO's Oz meeting Frank Castle. Prison stories always have a high potential for shock and awe, now add the Punisher played by John Bernthal and we have a recipe for a crazy ride!
We can all strongly assume Frank will still be a military vet, but it can also be safe to say he won't be a veteran of Vietnam like in the comics. This version will more than likely have a past in the current War on Terror. It makes sense that he would have been a member of some elite Special Forces unit when he served. In the comics he was a Marine, so of course here I see him as a former member of a MARSOC unit. It can also explain the meaning behind the iconic skull brand of the Punisher. Marsoc "Raiders" wear a patch very similar on their sleeves. Now wouldn't that be cool!
I mention that fact because of all the cool Punisher stories set in his past during the Vietnam War. One such story was "Return to Big Nothing," also written by Grant in 1989. Frank went after a black market gun runner who turned out to have served with him in 'Nam. With all the debates on gun violence, what better way to have that discussion than with the Punisher leading the debate?
Of course we have to talk about the very real possibility of seeing 1989's Mike Baron story "Face Off" come to life! Kingpin has already been established as a main opponent for Daredevil. What better way to start off a new Punisher franchise than with a psycho-situation with the Wilson Fisk, a character who already demonstrates a level of violence so crazy that it took center stage on Daredevil. He kills without conscious and mercy, caring little for consequences after action. Kinda like Frank!
So with all that said, can anyone argue otherwise than that the casting of John Bernthal as the Punisher is soooo perfect? Of course NOT! Through the many popular roles John Bernthal has played, he has already shown how to match the intensity needed for Frank Castle. Bernthal has an emotional depth that if they make him out to be the baddie for Season 2 of Daredevil, it will make you want to pray for poor Matty. Bernthal can display such anger that his passion for "punishment" could be the stuff of TV legend.
My friends, prepare yourselves! Daredevil Season 2 in 2016 will not disappoint! Especially with the addition of a more violent and intense Punisher! Let the mayhem begin!