Marvel Studios has already redeemed one New York resident from a terrible film adaption, and they look to redeem another from two recent failures.
Marvel’s official website announced today that actor Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Walking Dead) has been cast as Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher, for the second season of the Netflix exclusive series Daredevil.
According to Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, Bernthal “brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”
After redeeming the Daredevil character from the butchered 2003 film, Marvel Studios looks to redeem the character of Frank Castle/The Punisher from three critically panned films in the past 25 years. Dolph Lundgren played the character in the 1989 direct-to-video film. In 2004, LionsGate Entertainment rebooted the franchise with Thomas Jane starring in the lead role. The film was a modest success, but the studio planned sequel due to strong DVD sales. After spending 3 years in development hell due to numerous script re-writes and creative differences, the film series was eventually rebooted. In December 2008, Punisher: War Zone was released, starring Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle. War Zone was a box office bomb, earning only $10.1 million of its $35 million budget.
Considering how well Charlie Cox made everyone forget Ben Affleck’s portrayal, it’s an easy assumption to think that Bernthal will redeem the character, right?