Jon Bernthal made a surprise appearance at New York Comic-Con on Saturday, visiting Netflix's Iron Fist panel to inform fans of one very important turn of events: The Punisher is finally starting production.
After letting the audience know the good news, Bernthal discussed his enthusiasm to be playing "The Punisher" Frank Castle.
"I believe in Frank and his journey, and I’m fascinated by it," he said. "When professor [Jeph] Loeb [Head of Marvel TV] told me we were gonna do a series on The Punisher, first thing I asked him is would I have the pleasure and the honor to work again with one of the most honest, the most kind, and the most talented actress I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.”
That actress? Deborah Ann Woll, who he said will reprise her role as Daredevil's Karen Page on Netflix's The Punisher.
Woll proceeded to join the panel, stating that she too was very excited to begin production. "What Frank and Karen got to do last year is some of my favorite stuff," she said.
In January, TV Line reported that Jon Bernthal's Punisher may be getting a show of his own, a spin-off from Daredevil set to join fellow Netflix/Marvel partnerships like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and new fan favorite Jessica Jones. Bernthal's involvement was confirmed in April.
Bernthal, known for The Walking Dead and Sicario, appeared as The Punisher Frank Castle in Season 2 of Daredevil, and will now reprise that role in Netflix's new project.
The Punisher, or Frank Castle, is the military man turned family man who "punishes" all those who do evil after his own wife and kids are assassinated by the mafia, at the wrong place at the wrong time. Castle becomes a vigilante, hungry for justice and revenge towards criminals.
Bernthal's Punisher was particularly well-received, and for good reason. The 39-year-old immersed himself in Castle's world in order to best portray him:
"Luckily I know guys in the military branch he was in," Bernthal told EW before the show aired. "I trained with them and trained a lot with weapons. But with Frank, what was important was the emptiness inside him. He’s dealing with this unbelievable loss. There’s unbelievable anger and hatred and shame.
"There’s a sense of responsibility and as a father and husband, if I were to lose my family on my watch. I had to put myself in as dark of [a] place as possible the last six months."