‘Luke Cage’ Comic-Con Panel Gets Surprise Appearance From The Punisher Himself Jon Bernthal

The Punisher

The lucky Comic-Con goers who got the first look at the upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage at the show’s panel yesterday got another treat – an appearance by Jon Bernthal aka Frank Castle / The Punisher.

Marvel Television head honcho Jeph Loeb, who moderated the panel, introduced the actor, who had grown his hair and beard out for a movie role he’s currently filming. After Bernthal used his Punisher stare to jokingly get Loeb to show the Luke Cage trailer again, Loeb asked him about the role, how its changed his life and how it feels to officially have his own Netflix series as the murderous vigilante.

“Look, I’ve said it before, I know how much he means to you guys. And I take that with me every day. I know how much this character matter, how much he means to members of the military, to law enforcement and I take it as an enormous responsibility and honor and I’m eternally grateful. I think that Marvel fans and comic book fans are the greatest fans in the world. Again, I can’t tell you how grateful for the feedback but Frank is in my bones now.”

The appearance was more sentimental than informative. Loeb’s questions were standard boilerplate as were Bernthal’s answers but that’s expected considering how much press actors do nowadays and how early in development they are on the Punisher series. When he got what Loeb called the “very special phone call” about the show’s pickup, Bernthal’s thoughts were: let’s get to work.

Time to get going, get it right and work, work work.

Check out the embed below!

You can check the first image and trailer from the Luke Cage panel, as well as the sizzle reel and footage description. Luke Cage premieres September 30. The Punisher is tentatively scheduled for 2017.

SOURCE: Flicks and the City

Sam Flynn

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  • Jeff Forehand

    With the number of shootings in the country lately (both at and from law enforcement), I’m curious as to if the Punisher series will address them, or how wide Netflix’s audience will be for the series.

    I’M totally down for it, cause he was awesome in Daredevil, and I wanna see that minigun in action… but just something to ponder as we get closer to the releases of that and the Defenders (fingers crossed he plays a role in that series too).

    • Samuel Patrick Flynn

      Really excellent point, completely agree. Whether we like it or not, the Punisher’s brand of bloody retribution is under more scrutiny than ever. It’s an opportunity for a real examination, hopefully not just exploitative violence. Given how well he was portrayed in Daredevil season 2, I’m hopeful (I think a Defenders appearance is highly likely)

    • Axxell

      I’m sure the news will influence it somehow.