Netflix is moving forward with a second season of The Punisher, despite the mixed reaction to the Marvel series.
Though loaded enjoyed Frank Castle’s first small screen debut, the series has been marred with controversy thanks to the graphic depiction of violence.
Eyes are gouged out, someone gets their face scratched off with bit of glass and at least one guy earns a sledgehammer to the balls – but few would deny that one-time Walking Dead alumni Jon Bernthal put in one hell of a performance as Castle.
Credit should also go to Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Punisher’s tech-loving sidekick Micro and Ben Barnes as the suitably deranged Billy Russo.
The official synopsis reads:
“After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.”
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Much of the controversy centred around the content and timing of the show though.
The Punisher focused in on the US military and the worrying notion that the American government trains young men to be killers before casting them aside.
There was also some concern over the show’s championing of The Punisher, a one-man, lone wolf assailant responsible for a string of murders.
It’s a story that comes a little too close to home in the US and the team behind the show evidently felt the same way. A planned New York Comic-Con panel even had to be cancelled after another lone gunman struck in Las Vegas.
Despite these setbacks, The Punisher enjoyed steady viewing numbers on Netflix while the series has [SPOILER ALERT] set things up for the introduction of arguably Frank Castle’s greatest ever foe.
The Punisher will return and it’s liable to be as bloody and brilliant as the first time round.