Analyzing ‘Daredevil’ Newest Cast Member, Jon Bernthal

The Punisher is probably one of the most under appreciated fan favored properties in the entire Marvel Universe. The character himself isn’t a super hero and he doesn’t have a super gun, or anything of the sort. No, The Punisher is a man who is focused on kicking butt and making sure that those who deserve pain get their share of it. So The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal, will fit in perfectly in the gritty, sort of realistic world of ‘Daredevil’ that is headlined by Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onforio. But before we can analyze how Bernthal will fit, we should analyze what he brings to the table as The Punisher.

Jon Bernthal is most widely known for his work as Shane Walsh in the hit horror television show, ‘The Walking Dead’. In ‘The Walking Dead’ Shane is one of the primary character arcs that the audience pays attention to. He starts off as the best friend of lead character Rick Grimes before slowly descending into madness, putting everyone at risk, and forcing Rick to make a tough decision. Jim Dondero implied the work was nuanced as even when Shane was at his most dangerous, he still had us sort of sympathetic with his cause.

Looking past ‘The Wakling Dead’ we can see Bernthal’s work in ‘Fury’ as a continuance in his acting evolution. In ‘Fury’ Bernthal plays a tank platooned soldier who is so riddled with PTSD that he barely seems human at times. A wonderful and nuanced role in a gritty drama, the perfect lead up to ‘Daredevil’.

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