One of the best things to come out of Daredevil‘s uneven season two was, in everyone’s opinion, Jon Bernthal’s performance of Frank Castle.
Fans of the Punisher were thrilled to have a piece of media featuring the character that wasn’t panned by critics. Meanwhile people who weren’t fans of the character in comics, like me, appreciated the emotional depth of Bernthal’s performance.
I still think Bernthal was robbed of an Emmy. That speech in “Penny and Dime” alone deserved a nomination.
While The Defenders were, well, defending, Frank Castle has stayed firmly grounded in taking revenge for the deaths of his family. While we’ve been teased (oh how we’ve been teased), we still don’t have a release date for the show.
What we do have, however, is a trailer.
Set to Metallica’s “One”, we see Frank Castle take his vengeance against those who have wronged him and his family. Although, whoa boy, if you don’t like violence or gore, then I say take a seat out based on this trailer.
The significance of “One”, however, is not lost on me. The song is inspired by the 1938 novel (later film in the 70s) Johnny Got His Gun. The story is about a WWI vet who is a quadruple amputee, lost most of his face, and can’t communicate except banging his head against the pillow in Morse Code. At first, he wants to be put on display to show the horrors of war. When the government denies that request, he asks that they kill him. But that is not coming either so he’s left in his own private Hell on Earth in a sort of living death.
The symbolism between this and Frank Castle is not lost on me at all.
Also starring in the series is Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, and Ben Barnes as Billy Russo.
The Punisher is supposed to be released later this year on Netflix, but still does not have a release date.
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