Fans of The Punisher have been eager to see Frank Castle join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now, and will finally get their wish when Jon Bernthal makes his debut as the character in the second season of Daredevil this March. But according to season one showrunner, Steven DeKnight, that wasn’t always the plan. In fact, we were originally going to meet Castle in a fantastic scene that ended up scrapped.
“We had talked about writing in the Punisher in a coda at the very end of the season,” revealed DeKnight.
“The original idea was that after the credits were done, we would see Owlsley,” described DeKnight. “Basically we would make it so he was the one that got away, that he managed to escape. He’s heading for his boat to go off into the sunset, and he runs into a guy that we don’t see. He falls to the ground, and then this guy shoots him, and we pan up and we see the Punisher skull on this guy’s body armor.”
While I understand the decision to scrap the season and forgo introducing Castle with a coda, as Netflix isn’t a huge fan of using codas, I actually really love the scene that DeKnight described. Owlsley’s death by Fisk’s hands was well done, sure, but seeing the scene above brought to life? That would have been a nice surprise.
DeKnight also went on to explain how he would have gone about introducing Castle in the second season, stating he would have treated the character’s introduction like that of Fisk’s in the first season. Teasing the character being actually putting a face to the name. This, of course, is the opposite of what season two showrunners, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, decided to do as they’ve already stated Frank Castle is established from the get-go.
“I’ve always loved the character of Frank Castle. If I were doing it, I would do it the same way we did Wilson Fisk. To hear about him or see the effects of him before you meet him. Just like they did in Jessica Jones. Hearing of and seeing the effects of Kilgrave before we meet him. It’s an old technique, but there’s a reason people use it so much and it’s because it’s very, very powerful.”
Daredevil season two will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016!