While the trailer for The Punisher was very exciting, it didn't give fans much to go on with how Frank Castle will behave in his upcoming series. Today, we're learning that Castle will at least be different from his Daredevil appearances from actor Jon Bernthal, who says Frank is just a tad softer than we've seen him before:
Part of this season for Frank is [about how] he's built this wall around his heart. He's starting to care about things, and people.
That quote may be alarming to some hardcore fans of The Punisher, but Empire assures audiences that the upcoming Marvel series and Frank Castle are still plenty brutal. It's not as though Frank has gone completely soft after dropping several dozen bodies in Hell's Kitchen, but rather that fans are getting to see a Frank Castle who, if only for small moments, lets his guard down. While good news for his enemies, it sounds as though that might come back to bite our skull shirt wearing anti-hero square in the ass.
Bernthal indicates that those who watch The Punisher, whenever it premieres, will even see Frank Castle try to move on from his violent tendencies. From the quote below, thought, it doesn't appear as though that period of moving on lasts very long:
It's the only thing that silences the demons, temporarily. There's going to be an attempt to move beyond the Punisher, but that's something he can't shake. There's part of me that's hungry to get back into the darkness, that's excited to see it fall apart. And I'll go back to my long walks.
Those long walks Jon Bernthal is referring to are jaunts he took in character around Manhattan in the early hours armed with only a backpack and a mean glare to defend him. Given how intimidating he's looked in trailers and in Daredevil Season 2, one can only assume few people tried to start shit with him. Hell, some people might've even called the cops!
The Punisher is expected to arrive on Netflix sometime before the end of this year. For more on the show, be sure to read up on our Head TV Editor Nick Venable's thoughts on the footage previewed at SDCC, as well as some details regarding what was shown. For a look at what the streaming service has on tap until then, visit our Netflix guide. For the full scope of what this fall is offering in terms of new and returning programming, our fall premiere guide holds all the answers television fans could ever want for the next couple of months.