After a successful first season, Netflix confirmed earlier this month that the second season of Marvel's Daredevil was given a release date of March 18. While we wait for new footage to surface, Entertainment Weekly caught up with Jon Bernthal, who shed new light on his character Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher. While he wouldn't reveal any specific details, he did tease that this season will be much darker than the first.
"Obviously secrecy is key to Marvel. I can tell you that this guy, horrible tragic things happen, and we will see how he goes through that. The effect the other characters have on him will push him certain directions. I think once you see these characters collide, it's tremendously interesting and emotionally gripping as well. It's going to be a special season. If you thought last season of Daredevil was dark, we're going to a whole new place."
Marvel reclaimed the rights to Punisher back in 2013, but it wasn't known if the studio had any plans on making a new movie, or bringing him into their TV universe. The studio cast Jon Bernthal as Punisher in June, but we still don't have too many details about how he'll fit into the story. Here's what the actor had to say about his place in the series.
"He's a guy who brought the war home with him [in] the worst possible way. There are a lot of iterations of this character and in all of them it's a man who's gone through this unbelievable trauma and what's interesting about our take on him is how this trauma reshapes his own philosophy. I can't give too much away, but what's interesting is the way [showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez] have made his story a slow burn. It's interesting to find this guy at the point we find him. You want an evolution and a process. He starts in one place and will end up in another."
One of the other new characters who will be introduced in Daredevil Season 2 is Elektra Nachios (Elodie Yung), who will become a new love interest for Matt Murdock. What do you think about these new Punisher details for Marvel's Daredevil? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more on the series before it returns March 18 on Netflix.