Jon Bernthal on spinning off The Punisher: 'His superpower is his humanity'

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Jun 27, 2016, 11:38 AM EDT

After giving us one of the best live action incarnations of Frank Castle to date in Daredevil, Jon Bernthal promises we’ve barely scratched the surface of Marvel’s Punisher. 

While speaking to Awards Daily, Bernthal opened up about his take on the character and what attracted him to taking on another comic book role (fresh off The Walking Dead). Bernthal said it was the emotional journey of Frank Castle that made the role so interesting, and showing a man pushed beyond his breaking point as he takes the law into his own hands in a quest for vengeance.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“I wasn’t desperately trying to get into the comic book world. [laughs] For me, it’s about the human being. He has no superpower. His superpower is his humanity. It’s his drive, his rage, and his loss. I could never have played this part if I weren’t a husband or father. Until you really understand what it’s like to love somebody more than yourself and to willingly give your life for them, only then can you understand what it would mean if they were taken from you…

I think when you’re talking about characters like these, the way they fight, what’s motivating the fight is very important. Beating someone up to drag them into jail is different than someone who is exercising his rage on people. The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He’s reeling from the loss of his family. He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible.”

Bernthal’s turn as Castle in Season 2 of Daredevil was a breakout hit, so Marvel was quick to bring the character back in his own Netflix spinoff series. Judging by Bernthal’s comments here, it sounds like we’ll see a very different take on the character next time he darkens a doorway.

(Via Awards Daily)