The Punisher is a departure from Netflix’s other Marvel shows, as the series features little-to-no fantasy or sci-fi elements. Karen Page actress Deborah Ann Woll explains that being so different from other Marvel shows — and explicitly being a military drama — works out in the show’s favor.
Woll spoke with CinemaBlend following the release of Marvel and Netflix’s sixth show. When asked about the painstaking lengths the show takes to establish that Frank Castle doesn’t have powers, along with showing just how much of a toll his one-man war on crime, Woll said that this is what makes the narrative have so much weight to it:
“I do think it was nice to remember how vulnerable Frank is. That it’s not just emotional — there was his grief — but also just physically. He’s not bullet-proof, he can’t fly, he’s not super-strong, he doesn’t have supersonic hearing. He is just a man. So it’s really nice to remember that not only just your hero, but everyone in the world of Punisher is vulnerable.”
Woll also noted that she feels as though her character is someone who can really connect to Castle. She praised her fellow cast member and noted that she greatly enjoyed filming the scenes that they shared:
“Not only does his character need [it], but you need to be able to see that the humanity in his character, and I think the scenes with Karen help us see that. But even as an actor, I think that Jon is a really intelligent, talented guy, and I think there’s only so much screaming and action sequences you can do before you want to have a conversation as an actor. You want to be able to delve into that part of your work, and I’m just pleased that I could be there in that regard for him.”
The Punisher is now available for streaming on Netflix. The show’s cast includes Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle (The Punisher), Ben Barnes as Billy Russo (Jigsaw), Ebon Moss-Bachrach as David “Micro” Lieberman (Microchip), Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Paul Schulze as Rawlins, Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman, and Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein.