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Does The Punisher Fit the Crime?

Does The Punisher Fit the Crime?


The Punisher is coming to Netflix’s show Daredevil – and it’s kind of bittersweet.

So, a couple of days ago, JustJared.com leaked a couple of pictures from the set of Season 2 of Daredevil, Netflix’s hit show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The pictures are of Walking Dead alumni Jon Bernthal kicking butt and taking names in his hotly-anticipated debut as Marvel’s infamous vigilante The Punisher.

Now, Marvel have a pretty flawless track record when it comes to casting – for example, who else could you imagine playing Tony Stark, other than Robert Downey Jnr.? And fangirls knicker-elastic wouldn’t snap for anybody other than Tom Hiddleston in the role of Loki.

But personally, I think they nailed The Punisher with Jon Bernthal.

He’s just the right combination of brute strength and brooding intensity, and his sleazy turn as Shane on The Walking Dead was a perfect prelim for playing one of the most conflicted and anti-heroic characters in the Marvel stable. He’s going to kill it.

But I’m not going to lie. Part of me mourns for a former cinematic version of Frank Castle, as played by Thomas Jane in the ill-received 2004 Punisher movie.

While the movie stank like Aquaman’s tighty-whiteys (seriously, who cast John Travolta?) the shoes of Frank Castle were filled pretty admirably by Thomas Jane, and he fought heroically to be brought back in the role when Netflix and Marvel started considering adding The Punisher to the cast of Netflix.

Will Jon Bernthal be better? Almost certainly. But let’s enjoy a taste of what could have been by watching the 2012, zero-budget fan film Dirty Laundry, which was Thomas Jane’s last, desperate attempt to cling to a role that he really didn’t get a fair shot at.

He could have been great.


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