Recently, Marvel Netflix television shows such as Luke Cage and Daredevil have been cancelled and it is expected that The Punisher will also be cancelled after Season 2 is released. Jon Bernthal reprises his role as Frank Castle for the second season of this superhero action TV series and, in a roundtable interview, he had the opportunity to discuss Season 2 of The Punisher.
The Punisher Season 2
Jon Bernthal had this to say on what message The Punisher has about the issue of gun violence:
“I can’t speak for the show because I don’t write it. I think that you’d have to talk to Steve and to Marvel about that. For me, it’s a few things. Number one, art, when it’s done right, holds a mirror to society and makes you question it. And question yourself.”
“You shouldn’t attempt to spoon feed answers or to preach. [Art should] make you look at yourself and hopefully present different sides to an argument and help make society or help make the viewer ask questions about the world in which they live in. I tend to try and avoid art that is preachy and tells you how to think.”
“As far as I’m concerned, I think for so long now we’ve really gone through this thing in this country where a certain element has a stronghold and a monopoly on what it means to be strong or tough or masculine or patriotic, for that matter. For me, the great joy that I have in playing this role and other roles is where I got to pick soldiers and combat vets, and the guys that share their stories with me.”
“To me, the mark of somebody who is strong, patriotic, tough is someone who has an open mind. Someone who is open to listening to all sides and not be steadfast and not be completely clinging to their own sense of, ‘This is what is right and this is what is wrong.’”