Marvel Does What It Does Best, Perfectly Casts Jon Bernthal As The Punisher in Daredevil Season 2
Yeah, that’s about right.
One of the things that I feel we simply have to give Marvel props for in developing their comic book to movie adaptations is casting. It’s an incredibly important part of any movie, but especially comic book ones: people have been seeing these characters on the page for decades, and simply demand excellent casting for their live action counterparts. And so far at least, I don’t think they have failed to give fans that. Even when the casting doesn’t pan out in the long run (Edward Norton, Terrance Howard, etc.), the casting itself wasn’t the problem. Yes, Marvel has an excellent track record when it comes to this stuff, and that didn’t change today, as the studio has cast The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal as The Punisher in Daredevil Season 2.
And yeah, I think that’s pretty damn wonderful casting. Sure it would have been nice to get Tom Hardy (as the actor himself was requesting) but Bernthal is a great actor, and has proven with roles in The Wolf of Wall Street and Fury to be very much capable of playing the revenge driven vigilante…who will factor into the next season of Daredevil, apparently. So that’s cool! As always is the case with these “official” Marvel casting, Marvel.com reported the casting, and provided the following statement from Jeph Loeb, current head of Marvel television:
“Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”
Yeah, that’s about accurate there Loeb — Bernthal is a master of intensity and bringing pure anger to the roles that he does, and that makes him pretty damn perfect for this part. The only other person who could have even come close to matching that was Frank Grillo but, with him as Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anyways, best of both worlds! In any case, I am extremely excited to see Frank Castle make his way to Daredevil, and the MCU in general. What about you? Let us know in the comments!