Here we are, a month after Netflix debuted Marvel’s The Punisher, and the streaming service has just released a behind-the-scenes featurette. The video features members of the cast talking about what makes their characters tick. This includes Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (David Lieberman/Micro), Amber Rose Revah (Dinah Madani) and Ben Barnes (Billy Russo).
Bernthal talks about having started the character off in Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 and then getting the chance to further Frank’s story here. Showrunner Steve Lightefoot also talks about how they took the original story of Frank’s family being killed and put another layer behind it — a conspiracy of people for the Punisher to go after. Bernthal also notes how much they’ve brought in the military aspect to this season, not only in his going after Agent Orange/Rawlins (Paul Schulze), but also with the introduction of Billy as Frank’s best friend and the introduction of Curtis Hoyle (Jason R. Moore) with the focus on soldiers returning home and having issues adjusting to civilian life.
The Punisher series has received a lot of praise, but it appears there has been a certain amount of downplaying of the season. The series was initially planned to be released in conjunction with the New York Comic Con, but those plans were scrapped after the shooting incident in Las Vegas on October 1st. The series was held until November 10th when the released was quietly announced on the Punisher Twitter account, but not really hyped on Netflix or Marvel’s social media. This video continues that downplaying, being released a month after the series went live instead of around the launch date to help promote it.
All 13 episodes of Marvel’s The Punisher are available now on Netflix.