Season 2 of Daredevil arrived burdened with rather high expectations. The first season was a watershed moment for television superheroes, demonstrating a new level of sophistication and maturity which had previously been limited to their Silver Screen counterparts. Netflix’s second collaboration with Marvel, Jessica Jones, not only proved that Daredevil was not a fluke but raised the bar even higher. Thus, by the time trailers started dropping for Daredevil Season 2, fans were ready for another thrilling ride. Given these circumstances it was possibly inevitable that Season 2 might take a moment to find its feet. The first two episodes were engaging yet lacked the emotional pulse of Season 1. Perhaps, the creators placed their hero too rapidly in the Punisher’s crosshairs without giving the character dynamics time to simmer. As exciting as the fight scenes for Season 1 were, it was the character work which truly made it shine. For every hallway tussle there were two more quiet moments which really drove home the emotions. It is a tricky balance and luckily the show found it in Episode 3’s rooftop exchange between Daredevil and the Punisher. From there on out, everything fell into place and Season 2 sprung to full-bodied life.
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Mostly Punisher focused this time around, though there is a tease for more later in the month. Either way, the full second series starts streaming on Netflix Match 18th.
The creative team has been revealed as current Daredevil writer Charles Soule & artist Syzmon Kurdanski of Detective Comics, Spawn & All New Captain America: Fear Him. More details at CBR
Frank Castle is a force of nature. Despite 3 box office failures; and comic runs all over the map in tone, reception, and sales, the character is desired for a live-action adaptation.
But there’s a problem with the Punisher. Not why he has not gotten any mainstream traction. The issue is more about his essence than his presentation. Is this really a character that we need in 2015 in any media?
Marvel Comics character The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (cover-dated February 1974). Created by writer Gerry Conway (with input from publisher Stan Lee, who suggested the character’s name) and artists John Romita, Sr. (who tweaked Conway’s design for the character, specifically putting a large skull symbol on the character’s chest) and Ross Andru (who first drew the character for publication), The Punisher was initially an antagonist to Spider-Man; as a vigilante, The Punisher is relentless in killing criminals, which puts him at odds with Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes. However, over the years, the character evolved into a sympathetic antihero that remains popular with many comics fans. It appears that some of those fans are in the United States Armed Forces.