Spider-Man Tom Holland & Punisher Jon Bernthal Selfie


While it doesn’t exactly confirm Spider-Man appearing in Daredevil – or vice versa – it’s still cool to see Tom Holland and Jon Bernthal hanging out together.

The new Spidey and Punisher are actually starring together in the upcoming movie Pilgrimage, which takes place in 13th century Ireland and sees a group of monks escorting a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril. 

Holland plays “The Novice,” with Bernthal as “The Mute.”

More than likely the two talked Marvel shop as Tom Holland will be playing Spider-Man on the big screen in Captain America: Civil War, and Jon Bernthal will be battling Daredevil in the Netflix series for Season 2.

“Had an amazing time hanging with this guy,” Holland posted on Instagram. “Much love brother.”


Had an amazing time hanging with this guy. Much love brother. #pilgrimage #brothers.

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First Look At Jon Bernthal As The Punisher For Daredevil Season 2

Check out a first look at Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, for Daredevil Season 2.

Set images revealing Bernthal have hit the net.

Daredevil Season 2 premiers in 2016 starring Charlie Cox.

Updated: with more pics.



Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Daredevil trailer:


More Of Jon Bernthal Getting Punisher Comics

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Jon Bernthal has returned to the comic shop to pick up even more Punisher comics.

Bernthal is playing Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, for Daredevil Season 2.

Recent details mentioned that Season 2 will feature “Daredevil vs. Punisher,” but that Bernthal won’t be a straight-up villain.

The comic shop Jon Bernthal has been visiting is Hypno Comics, located in Ventura, California.

Daredevil Season 2 is due out on Netflix in 2016.

Updated: with new image of Bernthal with Punisher comic.


Daredevil Vs. Punisher For Season 2


With Batman Vs. Superman and Captain America: Civil War hitting the big screen next year, it’s learned hero will be fighting hero in Daredevil Season 2 as well.

Deadline reports with the casting of Jon Bernthal as The Punisher, word from within Marvel is that the second season of Daredevil is being described by showrunner Marco Ramirez as “Daredevil vs. The Punisher.”

It’s reported that Daredevil and The Punisher are more at odds over their personal philosophies for handing out justice, rather than The Punisher being a straight-up villain for Season 2.

It’s said due to the events at the end of Daredevil Season 1, a power vacuum has occurred leaving Hell’s Kitchen open for a vigilante killing spree i.e. by The Punisher.

In addition to The Punisher being featured as sort of a “bad” guy, both Elektra and Bullseye are speculated for Daredevil Season 2 as well.

Taking one step further, we can speculated Daredevil may eventually team with The Punisher, perhaps to take on Elektra, Bullseye or both.

Daredevil Season 2 is slated for a 2016 release on Netflix.


Jon Bernthal Researching Punisher Comics


Jon Bernthal is playing the Punisher for Marvel’s Daredevil and has been spotted doing his homework for the role.

Hypno Comics, located in Ventura, California, posted the following image on their Facebook of Bernthal in their store buying up some Punisher comics.

Bernthal was recently named to the role of Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, for Daredevil Season 2, which premiers on Netflix in 2016.

“It’s a huge honor to play the part,” Bernthal stated in a recent interview.



Jon Bernthal Talks Punisher & Daredevil

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Jon Bernthal talks playing the Punisher in Season 2 of Dardevil for the first time while promoting The Majority Project, a foundation aimed at bringing awareness to Pit Bulls.

“Oh man, it’s just a huge honor to play the part and that’s all I can say about that,” Bernthal told ABC News regarding Frank Castle. “I’m very thrilled and we haven’t started yet, but I’m very much looking forward to it.”

Bernthal is probably best known for playing Shane in The Walking Dead, but also has had roles on Wolf Of Wall Street and Fury. He also happens to be a Pit Bull owner and is featured in the promo video (below) for themajorityproject.com.

“I’m living my dream everyday,” Bernthal added. “My dream is to be with my kids and my dogs and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m a pit bull owner myself. I’ve seen the prejudice these dogs have been facing for years. I care a lot about the breed and I believe it’s very misunderstood. I think that every 10 or 15 years there a diff dog that’s thrown into the limelight that’s perceived of being aggressive and I think the notion of that is really ridiculous.

“I’ll do what I can to make my dogs ambassadors of the breed and I’ll do what I can to fight against it.”

“Daredevil” Season 2 is currently in development and will be released next year on Netflix.


Watch: Charlie Cox & Deborah Ann Woll Talk Punisher In Daredevil Season 2

A couple of days ago saw Marvel announce Jon Bernthal as the Punisher for the second season of the Daredevil Netflix series.

Now watch above as Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll talk publicly about the Punisher in Daredevil for the first time.

The two are also asked about Elektra and Bullseye, but the pair state they have no idea.

Cox also says he doesn’t know about Infinity War.

Elektra is thought to be appearing in Daredevil due to leaked audition tapes, and most recently Jason Statham was rumored to be playing Bullseye, but Marvel TV shot down the allegation.

Daredevil Season 2 is currently in development and will be available on Netflix in 2016.



Tom Hardy Wants To Play The Punisher


With Tom Hardy having to bow out of Suicide Squad due to scheduling issues, perhaps the Bane actor can head to greener pastures over at the direct competition.

While speaking with Collider, Hardy offered he wants to play The Punisher, or even a role for a Splinter Cell movie adaptation of the video game.

I want The Punisher… I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something…I don’t know what I want.

Hardy goes on to comment that he may be too short for the role of the Punisher, but offers he still would like to do it.

I’m not big enough to be The Punisher, I’m 5’9” [Laughs].

Frank Castle, I would love it.

After watching Tom Hardy in Warrior, my personal pick is for Hardy to be the new Wolverine as Fox looks to be rebooting the X-Men.


Daredevil Showrunner Wants R-Rated Punisher


With hopefully the upcoming Marvel Netflix Daredevil series being such a success, perhaps following Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist we could see the Punisher.

Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight recently spoke with SciFiNow and stated he would love to get an R-Rated Punisher series made.

“I’d love to see him get his due on a platform like this,” DeKnight said. “Nothing would delight me more than to see the Punisher get his own show and maybe we could convince Marvel to go Hard-R rating. If any character deserves an R rating, it’s the Punisher.”

Though Daredevil won’t be R-rated, it will still be pretty dark and gritty, and Charlie Cox even said the Man Without Fear is pretty close to the character of the Punisher.

“Steven DeKnight said that Daredevil is one bad day away from being the Punisher,” added Cox. “I thought that was really helpful. Again, it adds to the dark tone, and I think it’s more interesting to watch.”

Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson previously played Frank Castle, maybe Steven DeKnight already has plans for a new “Frank” to cameo in Daredevil?

“Daredevil” premiers with all 13 episodes on April 10th.

Daredevil trailer:


Thomas Jane Done With Punisher


The ship has sailed for Thomas Jane and The Punisher.

While speaking with I Am Rogue, Thomas Jane was asked if he was in talks with Marvel to reprise as Frank Castle, with Jane offering the following:

 I feel like I’ve done it. That’s why I did the short film. I wanted to create something that was truer to my own vision of what that movie could be. I feel like I put that out there. It was really well received. I hope that The Punisher will continue. I hope they get an idea of what it can be and how to make it successful. I hope that they use that short film as a template for how to make it truer to what that character is. I feel like I’ve done it even though it was a short film. I said what I wanted to say with that guy. I don’t think I ever really was the perfect Frank Castle.

I look at him as Italian. A guy who, I guess I’m the right age now, but I would see him as a weathered guy. My body is not quite perfect for Frank. I would see Frank as more of a square jawed, lock-jawed kind of guy. I don’t know who it would be. I think you’d need an unknown to play Frank. He’s really the ideal asshole!

Thomas Jane portrayed the Punisher in the 2004 film which grossed over $54 million on a $33 million budget.

While Thomas Jane may no longer be The Punisher, the rights are back at Marvel and Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight recently revealed that he would like to do a Punisher series. Maybe it’s even possible we’ll see Frank Castle in one of the Netflix shows?

Thomas Jane currently stars in Vice and also has The Expanse coming out this year for SyFy.

Check out “Dirty Laundry”:


Punisher: War Zone Director F-Bombs Directing Wonder Woman


Who better to direct a kick ass Wonder Woman movie than a former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion?

Well, that is not going to happen as the director of the 2008 Punisher: War Zone movie, Lexi Alexander, says no way.

Speaking with Fast Company, Alexander offers the following when asked about potentially directing Wonder Woman.

“Imagine the weight on my shoulders. How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director; imagine if it fails. And you have no control over marketing, over budget. So without any control, you carry the f—ing weight of gender equality for both characters and women directors. No way.”

It probably should be noted that Lexi Alexander hasn’t been offered the gig to direct Wonder Woman (latest report has it that Michelle MacLaren is the frontrunner), and Alexander continues on at Forbes:

“I can’t say they wouldn’t consider me, but they haven’t reached out.” 

“If she says yes, everybody will be very happy, including me. Still, I don’t see at this point why anyone would say yes. There is huge pressure … If [a female director] does fail, then all of a sudden it’s ‘all women suck at directing.’”

The Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie has a 2017 release date.


Punisher Easter Egg In Mavel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Marvel does own the rights to The Punisher, and now an Easter Egg has been spotted in the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

While it doesn’t directly reference The Punisher himself, it does reference The Punisher’s ally, Microchip.

The particular scene sees Sky name-drop a hacker friend who happens to be named “Micro” (via reddit) and is said to be a “crime scene junkie.”

This isn’t the first Punisher Easter Egg Marvel has used as the Iron Man 3 short “All Hail The King” referenced the Costa family, which actually is responsible for killing Frank Castle’s family.

Captain America 2 directors, the Russo Bros., also joked and teased The Punisher made a cameo driving the yellow Penske truck.

Most recently, CM Punk, who is writing a story in the Marvel Comics Thor Annual, mentioned he wants to tackle a new Punisher comic book as well.


Punisher Cameo In Captain America 2


It’s learned that a certain vigilante apparently made a cameo in Captain America 2.

Co-director Joe Russo attended a signing event in Hollywood where he told Coming Soon about it.

When Nick Fury is being attacked in the streets, he gets the moment he needs to escape when a yellow Penske truck slams into his attackers. Later, when Agent Sitwell is thrown into traffic, guess what hits him? Not just a Penske truck, but the Russos reveal, the very same Penske truck.

“The man who drives that truck,” Joe deadpans, joking that the driver is a candidate for a future Marvel One-Shot, “Is very highly trained. He thinks on his own terms. He’s got a plan and a very specific skill set.”

Marvel Studios does have the film rights for Punisher, so hopefully Russo was joking too much and we’ll eventually get the Punisher back on the big screen.

Check out the Punisher short film that was released a couple of years ago, Dirty Laundry, featuring Thomas Jane:


Frank Grillo Wants To Play The Punisher


Frank Grillo, who was featured in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and can bee seen in this week’s new premeire of The Purge: Anarchy, has stated he is interetested in playing another Marvel Comics character.

It’s the Punisher.

Slight spoiler for The Purge: Anarchy: Apparently, Grillo’s character in the movie is being compared to The Punisher as IGN saw an advanced screening and couldn’t help but think Grillo resembled Frank Castle, and it’s something Grillo, a practitioner of jujitsu, boxing and wrestling, hears all the time.

IGN: Did DeMonaco ever mention to you how much your character and the look of your character was something like The Punisher?

Grillo: He didn’t, but I hear it every day.

IGN: I’m watching it and thinking, “He should have been The Punisher!”

Grillo: I hear it three dozen times a day.

At a press junket for The Purge: Anarchy, Grillo also offered the following:

“I’ve been bombarded with people asking me about the Punisher. It’s amazing. The interesting thing is my friend Chris Evans started out as the Human Torch, and then he became Captain America. So I’m going to have to follow up on this.”

Regarding following up on The Punisher, it might be a stretch as Grillo continues with mention that we might see Crossbones soon.

“I’m signed onto a multi-contract deal with Marvel. Without me saying anything, because they will kill me … we’re hoping, yeah. It looks soon.”


Marvel Studios Looking To Release 4 New Series Through Cable & Video-On-Demand


It’s being reported that four new potential series and a mini-series are in early stages of development at Marvel as the studio is aiming for a release through cable or video-on-demand.

Deadline has details that 60 episodes are being ordered for something, but no further information is known.

All that is really known is that Marvel is looking to release the four new series and min-series through either cable channels and/or WGN America, Netflix, Amazon and WGN America. No actors are attached.

We can speculate that the cable or VOD release means the potential new series would mean a more serious and graphic approach than say something like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.

It’s possible Marvel could be going for something like The Walking Dead, which saw record ratings last night to the tune of 16.1 million viewers. AMC’s The Walking Dead is based on the comic book and includes graphic violence and a serious approach to the story.

While S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be doing okay through DVR’s and such, the live audience has dropped upwards of around 40% in only three episodes.

Cable television seems where most of the new TV series “are at,” as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story are all popular shows. In addition, Netflix has seen a great response to their own VOD series with House of Cards.

It will be interesting to see which characters Marvel chooses to use to go this route. Black Panther? Heroes For Hire, which Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb previously mentioned was being looked at? Or how about The Punisher? Perhaps a female centric series such as the Agent Carter series said to be in development?


The Punisher Gets Psychoanalyzed By Real Life Clinical Psychologist Dr. Larry Lewis (Video)


Check out the following video where respected clinical psychologist Dr. Larry Lewis evaluates the mental health of The Punisher!

This is part of a new series on YouTube, “Hero Therapy,” from Pat Kilbane (Mad TV, Seinfeld) and Melissa McQueen (The New In Living Color).

“Melissa and I are best known for our comedy,” Kilbane said in a statement,  “but Hero Therapy takes its subject matter very seriously.  We are strictly behind the scenes on this one.”  

Each 3-4 minute episode features Dr. Lewis addressing the camera directly, giving his working impressions of that week’s clinical subject – a fictional hero from comic books or movies.

Lewis has decades of experience treating psychological trauma and addiction.  He has worked with world-class athletes and high-profile celebrities, and he now turns his finely tuned instrument onto the minds of our favorite heroes. 

“The insight he gives just blows me away,” McQueen said. “It makes me look at these heroes and their stories completely differently.”  Referring to characters by their first names (The Punisher becomes “Frank”; Ripley from Aliens is “Ellen”), Dr. Lewis addresses each case with a tone of professionalism and sincerity.

“Heroes are archetypes for our own life challenges,” said Kilbane, “so learning more about Peter Parker, you can’t help but learn something more about yourself.”

Kilbane and McQueen producer the series with more found at: DorksofYore.


Garth Ennis Back On Punisher In 2014


Garth Ennis is back on the Punisher with the series likely to debut next year.

The writer announced the news on a recent podcast stating the new Punisher mini-series is in early development.

“I will be starting work on another ‘Punisher‘ miniseries quite soon, that’ll probably come out sometime next year,” Ennis said, reports CBR. “That’s at the very early stages.”

Ennis wrote numerous Punisher series including the 2008 Punisher War Zone which debuted with the movie of the same name starring Ray Stevenson.

It’s said that when questioned, Marvel responded with “Stay tuned.”

Ennis is currently writing Red Team for Dynamite Entertainment with the fifth issue due out soon.


Producer Adi Shankar Talks Dredd 2, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Escape From New York, Female Expendables, Spawn, More

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6396:]]Producer Adi Shankar, the man behind the likes of The Grey, Maching Gun Preacher, Judge Dredd and the recent Punisher short, recently participated in a QnA.

Adi Shankar is a huge comic book fan who recently put out the Thomas Jane “Dirty Laundry” Punisher fan film that exploded on to the net.

He answered a variety of questions with some of the more interesting as follows (via Reddit).

Regarding the Punisher short, Adi Shankar offered:

The goal was just to make it and to make something that we all felt was really good. There was no studio behind it. I distributed it on my YouTube channel. Everyone worked for free. It was a lot of fun. I had no idea that people would respond to it the way that they did. I’m a life long comic book fan and I really wanted to make something cool for my fellow fans.

On doing a Punisher Movie:

I would obviously love for that to happen, but sadly no. Marvel and thereby Disney own the rights. The short film I made was essentially a fan film. Lionsgate made the last two Punisher movies. Feel free to email Marvel and tell them that they should do it.

Actually here’s the deal … I’m a life long comic book fan … The Punisher character comes with his own baggage and is essentially a two dimensional vigilante named Frank Castle … I don’t think the world needs another Punisher movie (we’ve had 3 bad ones). What I think the world needs is Thom Jane playing a badass, Phil Joanou kinetic directing, and Chad St. John’s subversive writing style … I think a Punisher cameo in Avengers 2 would be awesome though …

On more Punisher shorts and how about a Terror Inc. short?

Terror Inc would be dope. No more shorts for The Punisher though … I made the statement I wanted to make with the character already … I hope #DirtyLaundry gets a cult following on the net ..

On a potential Judge Dredd 2:

Probably not. But I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry … you’re actually the first person to know about this …

Thank you. If DREDD becomes a cult hit it will be awesome. Last September was a terrible month … DREDD bombed and then LOOPER became a massive hit a week later!

Nothing against LOOPER! I think Rian Johnson is a genius and I think Joseph Gordon Levitt will become his generation’s Matt Damon. Ram Bergman, the movie’s real producer, is one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. I would tell you how I really felt about the movie’s financier James D. Stern but I think I’d get into trouble … However, most importantly I loved watching Looper.

it’s because the movie totally bombed & R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with.

Would love to redo Ghost Rider and a sequel to Escape From New York:

I would like to make a retro futuristic sequel to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK called ‘Snake Plissken Returns.’ I love the look and feel of that world and would like to explore the character of Snake further. He’s the man with no name for my generation. Joel Silver just announced that he was rebooting ESCAPE FROM NY yesterday … so with that in mind I’d like to make the DREDD version of The Phantom. The Phantom was my father’s favorite comic when he was growing up. I also think GHOST RIDER was whack and would love to re-imagine it.

On the Escape From New York remake that was just announced:

Here’s the thing … I don’t think Escape from New York should be remade … it’s already been remade when it was called DOOMSDAY. What people love about the movie is the aesthetic and the character of Snake Plissken … I’m afraid it will end up like TOTAL RECALL.

On Female Expendables:

It depends on the movie and it depends on who your partners are. Also, the job of an independent producer (like myself) and a studio producer are very very different. It would take me around 2hrs to answer this question properly. By way of example, for the FEMALE EXPENDABLES I generated the project and have been guiding it creatively every step along the way. For #DirtyLaundry Phil Joanou, Thomas Jane, and Chad St. John did all the work =).

More on Dredd:

Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) wrote the script. He’s one of the best writers out there. What’s cool about Dredd is that it’s essentially a Die Hard-esque story which happens to have Dredd in it. It’s also not a cliche super hero origin story movie. In it’s own way the idea was to evolve the super hero genre.

New serial killer movie with Ryan Reynolds:

Yes! I’m working on two right now! THE VOICES starring Ryan Reynolds is a serial killer movie from the perspective of the serial killer. It starts shooting in April. CORSICA 72 is a period gangster movie … it looks like CORSICA will go in September but fingers crossed.

On Source Code:

I’d go back in time and remake Source Code with Phil Joanou directing it … I LOVED that script but then it got destroyed with studio notes … it went from being a sic-fi classic to a routine interest movie …

Would do a Spawn film:

Yes with our without Jamie Foxx. Todd McFarlane is a friend of mine and we have literally been talking about doing this movie for 4 years now. Harass him and tell him to finally give me the rights … I’d make a dope Spawn film …

On producing Rockstar Games movies:

I agree with you! Manhunt is awesome. Rockstar games has always been against licensing out their properties. I literally think I emailed them every day for a year when I first started producing to give me the rights. I think I finally got a letter from their in house lawyer telling me to officially fuck off.


Ray Stevenson Talks Thor 2, The Avengers 2, Christopher Eccleston & Punisher (Video)

Ray Stevenson will be reprising as one third of The Warriors Three in Thor 2, “The Dark World,” and recently spoke about the movie as well as the film’s villain, Christopher Eccleston.

Stevenson mentions it will be a darker take than the first Thor movie, yet fun, and also remarks on playing The Punisher again as well as appearing in The Avengers 2.

Regarding The Avengers 2, Ray Stevenson says there is always room for a big guy at the end.

Check out the video for more:

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015..

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.


Review: Fury MAX #9

Nick Fury and Frank Castle (The Punisher) have to fight their way out of a prison cell in Laos before the whole compound is bombed to ashes. Fury gets a chance to face down the man who disgraced him, and a chance to destroy a document that could change the direction of the Vietnam War.

Garth Ennis was born to write war stories. You can tell on each page that he has a deep admiration for history and the characters that he’s writing. Fury and Castle (which is a great name for a TV show by the way) make a deadly pair that understands the necessary hell that comes with warfare. There’s a particularly chilling sniping sequence with Castle that sums up his whole attitude on combat.

Goran Parlov has a very unique style. The closest thing that it could be compared to is a fusion between Darwyn Cooke’s cartooning and Francesco Francavilla’s tone. The panels are laid out dramatically and the pacing is spot on. The end of the issue leaves the reader wanting more of Fury and his scruffy, eye-patched face through Parlov’s lens.

This is one of those comic book series that not enough people talk about. I thought about featuring it in an “Alternative Comics Beat” column, but since it includes The Punisher I decided against it. We rarely get to see characters like these in setting like the Vietnam War. Fury has never been more in his element, and it only benefits this title that Ennis is using to explore his motivations. If you’re a Nick Fury fan, or a fan of war comics, this is a book you don’t want to miss.