Jon Bernthal IS The Punisher

When Marvel chose to cast Jon Bernthal as The Punisher in the second season of Daredevil a lot of people were less than optimistic because most of us still associated Bernthal with The Walking Dead’s Shane.  Equally hated and loved, Shane was an amazing and complex character that only Bernthal could have pulled off. I, for one, was sorry to see him go.

It was by watching interviews of Bernthal that I realized how  different he is from the characters he plays, Shane in TWD, Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis in Fury , to name just two of his roles before stepping into Frank Castle’s combat boots. A father of 3, Jon Bernthal is actually a pretty relaxed and happy dude, friendly and open, nothing like the majority of his characters that seem to have a penchant for violence and a dark dangerous side to them.  The fact that he can so easily transform into his characters comes as a true testament of his acting prowess, but now, let’s go deeper into the character we’re talking about, Frank Castle AKA The Punisher.

In this iteration of the character Frank Castle is a man set on taking on all criminals by any means necessary with the ultimate goal of erasing them from our world. While previous movies about The Punisher  did not show the Marvel Studios banner, this one IS Marvel’s  The Punisher. Jon Bernthal has studied the character at length and said :

once you devour and eat up as much as you can, my way is to make it as personal as possible

His main inspiration, however, is Thomas Jane’s short film Dirty Laundry in which the actor was basically paying homage to the character and the fans after deciding not to star in a second movie due to creative differences with the studio.

On understanding the character Bernthal had this to say :

He ain’t got a fucking cape. He ain’t got any superpowers. He’s a fucking tortured, angry father and husband who’s living in this unbelievable world of darkness and loss and torment.

The Punisher is basically an angry  man, completely broken by the tragic loss of his family, who then rose up and took to hunting down anyone who had anything to do  with his loss and anyone involved in criminal activities of any kind. Having killing bad guys by any means necessary as his only reason to live turns Castle into a true psychopath, and when we add sorrow and sometimes guilt for the loss of his two children and wife, not being able to get close to anyone and not trusting people easily The Punisher becomes a challenge for any actor.

When Bernthal’s  Punisher was introduced on Netflix’s Daredevil nobody expected him to steal the show from Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk (brilliant Vincent D’Onofrio)but he totally did and this is why he was given his own show. Don’t believe me? Take a look below:

John Bernthal certainly has the look: the crazy eyes, the broken nose reminding viewers of someone who is accustomed to violence, the Jarhead haircut that accentuates the psycho look and the functional fitness of his body. Neither big nor small, built but flexible, muscles that you know aren’t just for show.

The Punisher / Jon Bernthal

When it comes to playing a character with no superpowers, credibility is key, that’s when the actor is required to be believable, to become the character to be able to a certain degree to perform the actions that define him. Bernthal trained with live ammunition, spent hundreds of hours lifting weights and sparring with USMC combat instructors and result was amazing. Jon Bernthal IS The Punisher.

The Punisher/Netflix/November17th

If you are a Comic Book fan and are looking for something to binge on Netflix it is time to rejoice and start to count down to November 17th.

The Punisher is coming to Netflix  with his very own Tv Show which we hope will finally do this underrated character justice. After a few Movie adaptations that were more or less successful, maybe a Tv Show under the Netflix umbrella will finally get the job done.

Frank Castle aka The Punisher is my favorite psychopath and I could not be happier with the casting choice. Jon Bernthal’s eyes alone give off enough inhuman intensity and uncontrolled rage so that  his voice, the physique and his overall look come as really welcome bonuses.


Jon Bernthal in David Ayer’s Fury

Jon’s final appearances in The Walking Dead as the hated Shane were incredibly powerful and they made the fans actually be sorry to see him gone. It was  that performance that made  Jon Bernthal  show up on the radar of whoever was in charge of casting for Darevdevil’s second season. They immediately went with him and it resulted in a Daredevil season in which the star was Frank Castle. Just take a look here:

Bernthal’s portrayal of The Punisher was so well received by audiences that Netflix announced a spin-off immediately in which he will have the main role. Fans couldn’t be happier.

Frank is not a superhero, has no supernatural abilities, is not really tech savvy, he is just driven by vengeance , hate, ammunition and whiskey.

Check out the trailer for the series that will air on Netflix on November 17th:

Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep, Comic Book


The name Alex Kot didn’t ring any bells until now because Comic books such as Generation Gone and Secret Avengers are not really my cup of tea, but I will be keeping an eye on this writer from now on since he is going to be the driving force behind Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep.

Published by Titan Comics , Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep will be illustrated by Piotr Kowalski, the man responsible for the artwork for the Wolfenstein and Dishonored books.

In Bloodborne we follow the exploits of a nameless hunter slaying monsters in the cursed city of Yharnam.

Alex Kot reassured fans of the game that he is extremely passionate about the universe and that the project is in good hands :

Bloodborne is one of my all-time favorite games, I put close to two hundred hours into playing it and researching its universe, and that was before I even knew there would be a comic — I was obsessed. I am honored to be working within the Bloodborne universe …

The first issue of Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep is set for release in February 2018.