Former showrunner Steven S. DeKnight might be passing the torch for the second season of Daredevil, but he definitely has some parting words about bringing The Punisher into the fold.
Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are set to take over showrunner duties for year two of Marvel’s hit series, and the biggest addition is easily Jon Bernthal’s (The Walking Dead) version of Frank Castle, aka the Punisher. While speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, DeKnight opened up about Marvel’s plan and how this version of the Punisher will differ from what came before.
We’ve already seen three versions of Frank Castle on the big screen, led by Thomas Jane’s 2004 The Punisher and the ultra-bloody Punisher: War Zone in 2008 (with Ray Stevenson in the title role). Neither film was all that good, and DeKnight promises Marvel Studios plans to finally do the character justice on the small screen.
Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
“The thing about The Punisher, and I think there are great things about each of those versions, but none of them was completely the Marvel version. And none of those movies were under the Marvel Studios banner until they recently got The Punisher back. So this is really the first time that we’re seeing the Marvel Studios from the Iron Man days, when they can control their own product, actually do this character.
The first season of Daredevil was violent but I always say it was more implied. It wasn’t nearly as violent as The Walking Dead, a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody’s head in a car door, you would’ve seen the head crush on screen but we didn’t want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around PG-16 and not go all the way to the R. I have no idea if they’re planning to push it that far next season but I would be surprised.
Punisher is one of my favorite characters. I’ve talked to Jeph Loeb ever since I first met him back on Buffy about doing The Punisher. So it was a heartbreak to me to have to leave, but I knew it was in good hands and I loved everything we had started talking about about Frank Castle being in that story.”
Season 2 of Daredevil debuts in 2016 on Netflix.