While we sit here and wait for news about who the next Spider-Man is, Marvel has given us a break and announced who is going to be playing Frank Castle, and it's actor Jon Bernthal (Wolf of Wall Street, The Walking Dead, Fury).
Personally, I'm rather unfamiliar with Bernthal's work. I've seen him in one episode of How I Met Your Mother as Carlos (for fans of the show, "Who is Carlos?"), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and The Wolf of Wall Street, but he wasn't exactly the most memorable character in any of them to stand out to me, so I can't really judge his abilities. However, he looks gruff and tough, which is what Castle needs to be.
The head of Marvel's television division and much beloved Daredevil comic book scribe, Jeph Loeb, spoke of the casting in a press release today:
"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."
I am a huge fan of Punisher showing up in this series. The character has yet to truly be done justice with the three previous films—although I would argue that Punisher: War Zone is the best representation, even if the movie itself is flawed—and there's really no better medium to tell his story than the current Netflix model. Daredevil was brought to life in a dark, gritty, violent way and that's exactly the environment that Frank Castle lives in.
Plus, the addition of Punisher to the mix brings a new dynamic to the show. Beforehand, Daredevil was the most hard-hitting vigilante that seemed as brutal as they could come. Punisher fans know full well that when you compare the two, Daredevil starts looking more like a campy member of The Fantastic Four due to just how vicious Frank Castle can be. Perhaps part of the season will deal with Matt Murdock learning what the extreme limits are when he sees how Punisher operates and deciding to reel things back and not be as violent anymore.
The first season was amazing, so I have no reason to doubt that whatever Marvel has in store will be just as good, so count me in!