Yes, I’m a shameless comic book superhero fan, and I believe that my love in comics at an early age is what drove me to be the voracious reader and writer that I am today. Two of the biggest influences to me as a kid were Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil and the explosive entrance of The Punisher as the infamous anti-hero of the 1980’s.
These two characters seemed like the perfect marraige, both relatively gritty, “real” heroes the complete antithesis of the sparkling blue and red DC universe, and even the more outlandish Marvel heroes at the time. While Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and the Hulk were off fighting aliens and cosmic beings, Daredevil and The Punisher were on the streets getting their hands dirty. This really appealed to me.
For that reason I was obviously excited when I heard that Marvel was using the Netflix Daredevil series as a jumping off point for their latest iteration of The Punisher, a character who has managed to survive three separate subpar forays into cinematic glory. Apparently Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson are being collectively retconned away and making way for Jon Bernthal (of Walking Dead fame).
I can still remember being in high school and being so excited about The Punisher movie with Lundgren, only to find out that he basically sits around naked in a sewer and DOESN’T EVEN WEAR A SHIRT SKULL. Sigh.
Time will tell of Bernthal dons a skull-themed shirt, but if this new trailer is any indication, he certainly brings the right level of bad ass to the role. I recently selected the Daredevil Netflix series as one of my main writing inspirations for 2015, we’ll have to see if Season 2 continues that mantle. It’s certainly off to a positive start.
Check out the latest trailer below!