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Announced today on Marvel.com, former Walking Dead star, Jon Bernthal, will play Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher in season two of Daredevil on Netflix.

You heard that correctly. Marvel is breathing new life into the justice-seeking vigilante that shoots first and asks questions later… maybe.

Jeph Loeb, Head of Television at Marvel, said, “Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he take son, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearnce will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the character, the Punisher is a highly-trained military veteran who’s family was killed by mob violence. Deciding that the system was too broken to bring justice to those who need it, Frank Castle put on the white skull shirt and took matters into his own hands.

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He was one of Marvel’s first real anti-heroes as he is trying to do the right thing, bringing justice to a world in desperate need of it, but his lethal methods are frowned upon by most of the Marvel heroes. This makes him as much a villain for them as much as he is a hero.

Marvel Television’s description of the character is “a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.”

We’ve seen The Punisher on the big screen before, played by Dolph Lundren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson. Thomas Jane also reprised the role for a short film, Dirty Laundry, which just might be the best portrayal of the gritty character to date and you should totally go and check out right now by just clinking on that link.

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Due to his methods, Daredevil and Punisher have never seen eye to eye, though they often end up working with each other because their goals are the same. That doesn’t mean Daredevil likes the guy or sees any true value in him.

Daredevil Season 2, is set to come out on Netflix in 2016, most likely hitting before Luke Cage or Iron Fist. Steven DeKnight, who was showrunner on the first season, has been replaced by Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, both of whom wrote for Season One.

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