It's been a good summer for fans of Netflix's Marvel shows. Because August brought the long awaited miniseries The Defenders, which united all four of the streaming service's heroes and their supporting characters for an epic battle to save New York City. But there was one character that was noticeably absent from the battle against The Hand: Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle/The Punisher. The antihero quickly became a fan favorite during Daredevil Season 2, and was even given a spinoff shortly thereafter. The Punisher should be arriving soon, and Bernthal has recently opened up about his process while filming the spinoff. And it sounds intense.
Well, that's certainly intense. But its this intensity that makes Jon Bernthal's performances so captivating and pulse pounding, and his Frank Castle is no exception.
Filming a TV show can be quite taxing, as any television professional will tell you. The schedule takes months of hard work, and things get even more exhausting with an action-heavy show like Daredevil or The Punisher. So it would certainly make sense for Jon Bernthal to relax a bit and blow off steam in between shooting. Alas, it looks like he kept mostly to himself while filming his newest star vehicle.
Aside from wanting to honor Frank Castle's journey and the fans' expectations for the spinoff, Bernthal revealed that this work ethic was also related to the time spent away from his family. He told EW about this struggle, saying:
While Jon Bernthal's signature TV characters are a bit rough around the edges, it looks like the former Walking Dead actor himself is much more of a family man. This once again shows what a hard worker Bernthal is, and the intensity he's no doubt going to bring when The Punisher finally arrives in Netflix.
The Punisher doesn't currently have a release date, but it was planned to hit Netlix sometime before the year is out. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.