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The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal to play The Punisher on Netflix's Daredevil

06.09.2015

Another street level superhero is about to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jon Bernthal has been cast as The Punisher. Bernthal will make his debut on the second season of Marvel's Daredevil. The Netflix series is currently set to return next year. Marvel.com did not have any details as to how large of a role Bernthal will have on the series.

Jon Bernthal rose to fame thanks to his role as Shane on the first two seasons of AMC's The Walking Dead. He also had a starring role in Frank Darabont's Mob City. On the big screen, the actor has recently appeared in David Ayer's FURY, Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and the upcoming ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL. He takes over the Marvel character previously played on the big screen by Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson.

Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, had this to say about the news.

“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.”

Marvel's Daredevil was a huge hit when it debuted on Netflix a few months ago with an accelerated plan for a second season added. Netflix is planning to air AKA Jessica Jones later this year with an Iron Fist and Luke Cage series developing to air over the next few years. The series will culminate in an AVENGERS-style team-up of all the street level heroes titled The Defenders. There is no word on whether Bernthal's Punisher will get his own series on the streaming platform.

While I am not entirely sold on this casting, it isn't the worst thing I have heard. In fact, I can see Bernthal pulling of the gritty demeanor the role requires. I am just glad that we are getting more expansion for this other side of the Marvel Universe. Now, if they could just incorporate Blade and Ghost Rider and all will be right with the world.

Marvel's Daredevil will debut season 2 on Netflix in 2016.

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8:40PM on 06/10/2015

Yes!

1. SO happy The Punisher will appear in Daredevil season 2
2. At 5'10", Bernthal is a little small for the role, but Charlie Cox is pretty small too, so it could be fine.
But he better hit the gym. Hard! (does he really have that stupid tattoo on his neck? That is pretty dumb for an actor to do, isn't it? Maybe it's for a role.)
1. SO happy The Punisher will appear in Daredevil season 2
2. At 5'10", Bernthal is a little small for the role, but Charlie Cox is pretty small too, so it could be fine.
But he better hit the gym. Hard! (does he really have that stupid tattoo on his neck? That is pretty dumb for an actor to do, isn't it? Maybe it's for a role.)
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9:45AM on 06/10/2015
Please, be awesome.
Please, be awesome.
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9:42AM on 06/10/2015
Great casting. i'm sure he'll nail it. I wonder if we'll get the origin story unfold on DD?
(**SPOILERS** on Punisher's Origin's if you don't know already) Maybe Kingpin's henchmen are responsible for mowing down his wife and kids and after a few episodes of Punisher going after DD for not getting the job done ("You had him! You had a chance to end this...all of this! And you didn't...well I will." etc) they come to terms and team up to take down Kingpin or Bullseye...? All I know is get
Great casting. i'm sure he'll nail it. I wonder if we'll get the origin story unfold on DD?
(**SPOILERS** on Punisher's Origin's if you don't know already) Maybe Kingpin's henchmen are responsible for mowing down his wife and kids and after a few episodes of Punisher going after DD for not getting the job done ("You had him! You had a chance to end this...all of this! And you didn't...well I will." etc) they come to terms and team up to take down Kingpin or Bullseye...? All I know is get Garth Ennis on the line for some consultation.
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9:36AM on 06/10/2015

The Guilty will be Punished!

I'm a monster Punisher mark - and while the more recent Punisher efforts have made me very leery of seeing him brought back again - I am hugely into this casting. Bernthal is super intense, and a legit badass. I feel like this casting matches perfectly with the style, tone and cast of the incredible first season of Daredevil. Can't wait to see this version of Frank Castle. Bring on the punishment!
I'm a monster Punisher mark - and while the more recent Punisher efforts have made me very leery of seeing him brought back again - I am hugely into this casting. Bernthal is super intense, and a legit badass. I feel like this casting matches perfectly with the style, tone and cast of the incredible first season of Daredevil. Can't wait to see this version of Frank Castle. Bring on the punishment!
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8:46AM on 06/10/2015
Hopefully they don't spend 10 episodes without the skull shirt and trench coat, only to have him finally wear it at the very end. Kidding of course, but I do hope he looks like the Tim Bradstreet version of the character very early on. Great casting.
Hopefully they don't spend 10 episodes without the skull shirt and trench coat, only to have him finally wear it at the very end. Kidding of course, but I do hope he looks like the Tim Bradstreet version of the character very early on. Great casting.
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8:26AM on 06/10/2015
Hell yes, well done.
Hope this means we'll see him in the future Marvel movies.
Hell yes, well done.
Hope this means we'll see him in the future Marvel movies.
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2:07AM on 06/10/2015
This is fucking awesome. The tone and intensity of the first season of DD are the perfect platform to finally do the Punisher right. You couldn't have picked a more ideal actor for the part. He's believable as a both a hardass and as someone more than a little deranged. He also transitions easily between TV and film if they decide to go that route. Great, great choice.
This is fucking awesome. The tone and intensity of the first season of DD are the perfect platform to finally do the Punisher right. You couldn't have picked a more ideal actor for the part. He's believable as a both a hardass and as someone more than a little deranged. He also transitions easily between TV and film if they decide to go that route. Great, great choice.
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12:51AM on 06/10/2015

On point...

Couldn't ask for a better Frank Castle/Punisher! Jay is going to knock it out of the park, I honestly can't believe we are getting Punisher in Season 2 of DD, that blows my mind! Fuck!
Couldn't ask for a better Frank Castle/Punisher! Jay is going to knock it out of the park, I honestly can't believe we are getting Punisher in Season 2 of DD, that blows my mind! Fuck!
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12:23AM on 06/10/2015
Awesome, awesome, awesome choice. He is a fantastic actor with great intensity needed to play Frank. I like this better than the idea of Tom Hardy throwing his name in the hat. Well done Marvel and bring on season two of Daredevil!
Awesome, awesome, awesome choice. He is a fantastic actor with great intensity needed to play Frank. I like this better than the idea of Tom Hardy throwing his name in the hat. Well done Marvel and bring on season two of Daredevil!
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12:20AM on 06/10/2015

Ok

He kind of plays the same character in all of his roles. But they're all kind of the Punisher in a way, so I guess it works out haha
He kind of plays the same character in all of his roles. But they're all kind of the Punisher in a way, so I guess it works out haha
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9:44PM on 06/09/2015

casting call so obvious that nobody thought of it

faith in marvel +1.
faith in marvel +1.
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8:30PM on 06/09/2015
I always thought he would also make a good wolverine after Jackman.
I always thought he would also make a good wolverine after Jackman.
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7:46PM on 06/09/2015
This is perfect casting right here. Bernthal is a very solid, underrated actor with tremendous range in which he has shown in the Walking Dead, Wolf of Wall Street, Snitch, and Fury. He's going to be great in the role and bring the intensity and grit that one would need to play Frank Castle.

I've even met the guy twice and all I can say is that he's one of the most genuine, nicest guys you'll meet.

With this casting and excellent show, I do hope that Bernthal gets his own series as The
This is perfect casting right here. Bernthal is a very solid, underrated actor with tremendous range in which he has shown in the Walking Dead, Wolf of Wall Street, Snitch, and Fury. He's going to be great in the role and bring the intensity and grit that one would need to play Frank Castle.

I've even met the guy twice and all I can say is that he's one of the most genuine, nicest guys you'll meet.

With this casting and excellent show, I do hope that Bernthal gets his own series as The Punisher, and that eventually Daredevil and Punisher transition to the big screen along with the rest of the MCU.
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7:17PM on 06/09/2015

F-word Yeah!!

Great casting as always Marvel.
Great casting as always Marvel.
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7:03PM on 06/09/2015
I'd love to see Moon Knight too.
I'd love to see Moon Knight too.
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3:06AM on 06/10/2015
So so so so much!
So so so so much!
7:00PM on 06/09/2015
Now THIS is a very good news!
Now THIS is a very good news!
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6:35PM on 06/09/2015
I secretly hoped Thomas Jane would get a cameo as Punisher in season 2, but I'm really happy with this casting choice as well. Haven't seen walking dead, but I liked him in Fury and Grudge Match.
I secretly hoped Thomas Jane would get a cameo as Punisher in season 2, but I'm really happy with this casting choice as well. Haven't seen walking dead, but I liked him in Fury and Grudge Match.
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6:29PM on 06/09/2015

interesting

He definitely has the look and dark intensity, see Fury, to play this role
He definitely has the look and dark intensity, see Fury, to play this role
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6:08PM on 06/09/2015

Perfect casting

My issue with Thomas Jane's performance was that he looked too much like a good guy to play Castle. He played the part like a tragic figure trying to right a wrong but that's not really the character. The character is angry, violent and even a bit sadistic: he doesn't just try to stop criminals, he wants them to suffer. Bernthal doesn't play white knights and he looks the part. This is exactly who they needed.
My issue with Thomas Jane's performance was that he looked too much like a good guy to play Castle. He played the part like a tragic figure trying to right a wrong but that's not really the character. The character is angry, violent and even a bit sadistic: he doesn't just try to stop criminals, he wants them to suffer. Bernthal doesn't play white knights and he looks the part. This is exactly who they needed.
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5:51PM on 06/09/2015
Holy SHITBALLS! I didn't even think about him being Frank but this is fantastic! Absolutely LOVE this news!
Holy SHITBALLS! I didn't even think about him being Frank but this is fantastic! Absolutely LOVE this news!
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5:50PM on 06/09/2015
As soon as I saw the photo and headline...I thought that's perfect. Sure, there are probably other good candidates out there...Thomas Jane's YouTube short showed how good he really could be when the gloves were off...but I get Marvel's need to want to start afresh..,.and I think they've got this very right. Season 2 seems like it's going to kick all kinds of ass.
As soon as I saw the photo and headline...I thought that's perfect. Sure, there are probably other good candidates out there...Thomas Jane's YouTube short showed how good he really could be when the gloves were off...but I get Marvel's need to want to start afresh..,.and I think they've got this very right. Season 2 seems like it's going to kick all kinds of ass.
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5:48PM on 06/09/2015

Dream First Scene

We go into a warehouse where Frank Castle is "selling" a variety of machine guns and shot guns to a local street gang (this of course after Frank has disposed of the original arms dealer...Leonardo DiCaprio)

Gangbanger: Why should we buy your product? We aint never bought from you. We never even seen you before.

Frank: Alright...why should you buy from me? Hand me that MP5 right there.

*Gang banger hands it over and Frank looks over the gun*

Frank: Alright...go ahead and shoot
We go into a warehouse where Frank Castle is "selling" a variety of machine guns and shot guns to a local street gang (this of course after Frank has disposed of the original arms dealer...Leonardo DiCaprio)

Gangbanger: Why should we buy your product? We aint never bought from you. We never even seen you before.

Frank: Alright...why should you buy from me? Hand me that MP5 right there.

*Gang banger hands it over and Frank looks over the gun*

Frank: Alright...go ahead and shoot me

Gangbanger: You crazy? you know I cant, your boys out back took our guns before we walked in here.

Frank: Exactly....

*Frank then blows them all away with the machine gun as well as DiCaprios henchmen who were outside and didnt know that Frank killed Leo*

Frank: Supply and demand my friends.....supply and demand. *as he walks over their dead corpses*
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5:45PM on 06/09/2015
Good choice, though part of me was hoping Tom Jane might get another crack....
Good choice, though part of me was hoping Tom Jane might get another crack....
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5:41PM on 06/09/2015
Interesting choice, this guy is very underrated, but he won't be any longer. Proof fanboys know dick about casting.
Interesting choice, this guy is very underrated, but he won't be any longer. Proof fanboys know dick about casting.
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5:11PM on 06/09/2015
Once again Marvel is less about stunt casting, and more about just 'getting it right'. Count me as very excited.
Once again Marvel is less about stunt casting, and more about just 'getting it right'. Count me as very excited.
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5:42PM on 06/09/2015
LMAO ya cuz Marvel has never Stunt casted b4
LMAO ya cuz Marvel has never Stunt casted b4
6:00PM on 06/09/2015
Nobody's-first-choice Chris Evans, a nobody in Chris Hemsworth, a nobody in Tom Hiddleston, a career ruined Robert Downey Jr, a non-action-hero Chris Pratt, a "who's that guy?" Mark Ruffalo, "some dude Charlie Cox" as Daredevil.
I mean c'mon, the main franchise faces have been tailor suited for their roles perfectly, and have become massive stars after the fact. The biggest stunt casting in the MCU was Sam Jackson as Fury, but I don't know why you'd cast around the fact that Nick Fury
Nobody's-first-choice Chris Evans, a nobody in Chris Hemsworth, a nobody in Tom Hiddleston, a career ruined Robert Downey Jr, a non-action-hero Chris Pratt, a "who's that guy?" Mark Ruffalo, "some dude Charlie Cox" as Daredevil.
I mean c'mon, the main franchise faces have been tailor suited for their roles perfectly, and have become massive stars after the fact. The biggest stunt casting in the MCU was Sam Jackson as Fury, but I don't know why you'd cast around the fact that Nick Fury LITERALLY IS SAM JACKSON in the books.
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5:08PM on 06/09/2015
Yes! YES! YESSSSS!!!!
Yes! YES! YESSSSS!!!!
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5:07PM on 06/09/2015
Hell yes!!!!! In other news Fant4stic who?
Hell yes!!!!! In other news Fant4stic who?
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5:00PM on 06/09/2015

WHOOOOOOAAAAAAA

Awesome. I had no idea this was coming. I'm pretty jacked.
Awesome. I had no idea this was coming. I'm pretty jacked.
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4:53PM on 06/09/2015

Great casting!

Man, season 2 looks to be phenomenal at this point.
Man, season 2 looks to be phenomenal at this point.
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4:49PM on 06/09/2015
I don't know why I didn't think of this before. Jon Bernthal has been quietly doing the tough guy thing for a while now (kind of like Frank Grillo). It just makes sense. I'm glad we're getting Frank Castle the way we should, on Netflix, where the bad guys can still bleed red.
I don't know why I didn't think of this before. Jon Bernthal has been quietly doing the tough guy thing for a while now (kind of like Frank Grillo). It just makes sense. I'm glad we're getting Frank Castle the way we should, on Netflix, where the bad guys can still bleed red.
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4:45PM on 06/09/2015

I haven't watched Walking Dead but Jon Bernthal looks like he'll suit the role

and it would be great to see The Punisher battle/team up with Daredevil. Certainly, The Punisher's "kill 'em all" policy will clash with Daredevil's current "avoid killing" philosophy. I really enjoyed Daredevil S1; looking forward to seeing S2 ASAP.
and it would be great to see The Punisher battle/team up with Daredevil. Certainly, The Punisher's "kill 'em all" policy will clash with Daredevil's current "avoid killing" philosophy. I really enjoyed Daredevil S1; looking forward to seeing S2 ASAP.
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4:40PM on 06/09/2015

Who said you can't top Season One?

Now that is premium casting right there. All they have to do now is confirm Statham, sort out Electra and introduce Danny Rand and you don't need anymore to be packed into Season Two.
Now that is premium casting right there. All they have to do now is confirm Statham, sort out Electra and introduce Danny Rand and you don't need anymore to be packed into Season Two.
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4:39PM on 06/09/2015
And here I already found myself pretty jacked for Season 2. Now this is just Grade A fucking awesome.
And here I already found myself pretty jacked for Season 2. Now this is just Grade A fucking awesome.
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4:38PM on 06/09/2015
This!!!!! Damn this is good casting which I never actually thought of before. Daredevil just gave us another reason to be very excited for the next season
This!!!!! Damn this is good casting which I never actually thought of before. Daredevil just gave us another reason to be very excited for the next season
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4:35PM on 06/09/2015
F*** yeah lets do this
F*** yeah lets do this
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