Everyone knows the movie adaptation of this Marvel comic sucked. BIG time…
But I had read a few reviews and it made me curious despite the fact that I wasn’t all that crazy about Jon Bernthal being cast as Frank Castle. I only know him as “Shane” from The Walking Dead, and he was a very unlikable character. Kind of a douche really, so I figured I wouldn’t like him in this either. I also had serious doubts that they could turn what had been a monumental flop as a movie, into a quality TV show.
Well, here I am declaring for all to read, “I WAS WRONG!”
I’ve only watched the first three episodes, but this show kicks ass (pun intended) and Jon Bernthal is completely redeemed in my eyes.
Here’s the Gist…
After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as “The Punisher” with only one goal in mind – to avenge them. With his revenge now complete, Frank’s war-time past comes back to haunt him.
Warning: It has a TV rating of MA but if it were a film, it would be rated a big fat R for seriously adult content and bloody violence.
The series starts with a first episode that is super intense and incredibly violent to show viewers that this is “The Punisher” and this series means business. The next two episodes develop other characters and layout the foundation of what the show will be about. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of violence, but there is also a really good story, excellent new characters, depth and plenty of drama to showcase the actors’ chops.
My favourite part of this new adaptation is that it’s not the origin story we know about Frank Castle. That being, the Mob killed his family etc… There is a new origin story but it ties into Castle’s former military career and it’s way more relevant. Think, covert ops, conspiracies, and a whole lot of corruption. If you’re a member of the canon police, it may be a problem for you but I really like it and it works.
Jon is fantastic as Castle and the rest of the cast are equally impressive. I’m only a few episodes in, but so far this is an A+ series and totally binge-worthy.
Who else is watching? I would love to hear your thoughts.