After kicking off Netflix’s corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year with a strong first season, Daredevil returned to the steaming service earlier this year with an even stronger second season. With new showrunners, and the addition of both Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung), Daredevil took a much darker turn this season, delivering one of the best comic book performances with Bertnhal’s take on Castle. Much like was the case with Vincent D’Onofrio‘s Wilson Fisk during season one, Bernthal’s portrayal of Castle teetered on the edge of sympathetic and unstable. His performance was haunting and powerful, often times stealing the spotlight from series star Charlie Cox, so it’s not entirely surprising to see his name constantly being tossed around for Emmy consideration. During an interview with the folks at Awards Daily, the actor talked about his work on the second season of Daredevil and teased his excitement for The Punisher spin-off which is expected to hit Netflix sometime in 2017.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a phenomenon, one that many actors have voiced their interest in joining throughout the years. With Marvel continually adding to their massive universe, not only the big screen but also through various television shows as well, the cast for the greater MCU continues to grow rapidly. Yet Bernthal, who managed to deliver a phenomenal performance as Castle, never really had much interest in joining the comic book world. (After all, he’d already done The Walking Dead.) So what led to him joining Daredevil? According to Bernthal, it was the ability to explore a character like Castle fully.
I wasn’t desperately trying to get into the comic book world. [laughs] For me, it’s about the human being. He has no superpower. His superpower is his humanity. It’s his drive, his rage, and his loss. I could never have played this part if I weren’t a husband or father. Until you really understand what it’s like to love somebody more than yourself and to willingly give your life for them, only then can you understand what it would mean if they were taken from you.
I really dig this Netflix model of 13 episodes. All at once delivery system of material because it allows for real freedom in the way that you tell a story. You can be bold and take risks or abandon the audience and go very far. The way most of this material is digested all at once. They don’t have to wait 3 or 4 months to win the audience back to explain their actions. I really dig it.
As a character study and acting, you can’t ask for anything more.
Of course, as great as the acting is on Daredevil, there’s no denying the fight scenes are just as noteworthy. One of the most memorable fight scenes this season was the prison scene with the Punisher, where Castle single-handily takes down multiple prisoners. While discussing the excellent fight choreography, Bernthal was quick to praise the stunt team.
I think when you’re talking about characters like these, the way they fight, what’s motivating the fight is very important. Beating someone up to drag them into jail is different than someone who is exercising his rage on people. The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He’s reeling from the loss of his family. He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible.
This team that’s been assembled, they’re unbelievably ambitious. The fighting in this show everybody working together. I also believe the way in which he fights tells you volumes about the character. There’s a story with each and every punch, and they allow us to approach it like that. These guys are good enough to choreograph in that way.
With The Punsiher spin-off having officially been announced, what can we expect from the character next? For Bernthal, it’s a bit too early to answer that as of right now, but he’s excited to see what showrunner Steve Lightfoot has in store for the character.
[laughs] I have no idea. We are going to do a show with him next year. I’m really excited about that. We’ll have to see.
You can catch Bernthal’s fantastic take on Castle in the second season of Daredevil on Netflix now.
Source: Awards Daily.