Our entire introduction of as ‘The Punisher‘ was done with him making fun of Daredevil wearing a uniform to fight crime Now, actor Jon Bernthal who plays the character is starting to unpack how this plays into The Punisher suiting up for his sophomore outing.
Bernthal first revealed that in the beginning, there was talk of his iconic skull appeaing in Season 1:
“I remember last year, there was a whole thing when he was making the vest, there was going to be a whole scene with Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) where they’re at the computer figuring it out. There was going to be the first time with him in the vest.”
We all know that it didn’t happen and Bernthal was part of the reason:
“He was just gonna sort of be drinking tea and I’m like, ‘You can’t do that. It’s gonna look so friggin’ stupid.’”
In the comics, Frank Castle has the skull on his vest to not only inspire fear in criminals but also have it as a target for those shooting at him. If they see the skull in the darkness, the criminals he will be going up against will most likely be trying to shoot at that which they can see. This will probably be true in the series as well as Bernthal stated:
“Look, man, these guys are superheroes, and you got to somehow… to me, I’m really rigorous with the writers that if he’s got to wear it, there’s got to be a tactical reason. There’s got to be something behind it.
“Because he’s not a flashy guy. He spent season two of Daredevil laughing at Daredevil (Charlie Cox). Like, ‘What the f— is with that costume? What’s up with those ears?’ We got to make that work. I actually feel like this year, when he puts it on, we figured out a very intelligent, very tactical reason, a very psychologically tactical reason to wear it. It makes a lot of sense.”
The actor makes a lot of sense here as Frank isn’t the kind of character who would decide that any kind of a costume makes sense without a solid tactical reason.
While this will likely be the last season of ‘The Punisher’ on Netflix (as the streaming giant will likely continue its purge of all things Marvel), one can still hope that it will eventually find its way elsewhere.
Are you looking forward to Netflix bringing back ‘The Punisher’ for a second season? What tactical reason do you feel Frank Castle will have in order to put a giant skull on his bulletproof vest? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Former Marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) has been living a quiet life on the road until he suddenly becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a young girl (Giorgia Whigham). As he is drawn into the mystery surrounding her and those in pursuit of the information she holds, Castle attracts a new target on his back as new and old enemies force him to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace a life as ‘The Punisher.’ Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer.
‘The Punisher’ will blow up Netflix for his second season on January 18th, 2019!