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Netflix’s The Punisher solo series will explore the “human side” of Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle, it’s been revealed. The show will pick up after Frank’s memorable introduction in Daredevil season 2, where the character’s tragic backstory – losing his family in a park-based gang shootout – was established in a brutal fashion.
Building on that grim groundwork, The Punisher will expand Frank’s world in numerous ways: the show will feature connections to The Defenders, and an appearance from Rob Morgan’s recurring Marvel/Netflix character Turk Barrett. Frank will also uncover a conspiracy (as a recent synopsis revealed) and get to drive his iconic Battle Van from the comics. Plus, Ebon Moss-Bachrach will play a new character named Micro, who will offer Frank some tech support.
But, perhaps most interestingly of all, fans will get to see a more human side to Frank Castle in this solo show. Speaking to SFX Magazine (via CBR), The Punisher showrunner Steve Lightfoot has teased that fans are about to see new elements of Frank’s personality:
“You saw him in Daredevil, where he is pretty brutal and pretty dark. But on that show he was always on a mission. You only got to see 25% of who he was, and it was the guy who was always killing. He was an antagonist, not the protagonist. We carry on in a way that fans of the character will be satisfied by, but we’re also showing the other 75% of the character, enriching him and making the human side more present.”