With the release of The Punisher on Netflix only days away, excitement surrounding the launch of this in-depth look at the life of Frank Castle has been heating up. A series based purely on The Punisher has been on the must-have list of Marvel fans since the character appeared in the second season of Daredevil, and the wait for a closer look at Jon Bernthal’s interpretation of the character is nearly over.
With that in mind, Netflix has been more than happy to share brief glimpses of Frank Castle in action in the build up to the series’ release, including recently showcasing a hallway fight scene in The Punisher. However, Frank Castle will not be confined to close quarters combat over the run of the season, as shown by a recent video that throws the vigilante into a chase with a motorcycle gang.
The clip in question, which was released on the official The Punisher Twitter page, shows Castle hunting down a biker gang in his trademark battle van. Shooting down the two bikers, Castle then proceeds to turn around and seemingly mow down the stranded gang members. The video of The Punisher in action can be seen below.
— The Punisher (@ThePunisher) November 14, 2017
Although his time on the screen so far has been relatively brief, Bernthal’s version of Frank Castle has impressed many Marvel fans since his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a matter of fact, Bernthal has gained some fans in high places, with The Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway naming Bernthal’s perfomance as his favorite version of the character.
With the upcoming series of The Punisher, however, comes a new set of challenges. As the show will require a much tighter focus on Castle as a character, there’s going to be a difficult tightrope to walk when it comes to showing the depth of the anti-hero. Revealing too little of Castle’s humanity could lead to the show feeling shallow, while showing too much sentimentality may take away from the grit and brutality that’s at the core of The Punisher.
So far early reviews of The Punisher have been mixed, with some praising the show’s independent nature and darker tone and others being less generous. Whichever way public consensus goes, however, The Punisher‘s limited connections to the rest of The Defenders at least means that it will stand on its own two feet.
The Punisher premieres Friday, November 17 on Netflix.