Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight may not be producing Daredevil season 2, but he was part of the decision-making process that brought Punisher to the next season of the Netflix show.
Speaking to SlashFilm, DeKnight said that the Punisher featured in Daredevil, set to be portrayed by Jon Bernthal, will be the closest to the Marvel Comics version onscreen yet.
“The thing about the Punisher, and I think there are great things about each of [the previous film] versions, but none of them was completely the Marvel version,” said DeKnight. “And none of those movies were under the Marvel Studios banner until they recently got the Punisher back. So this is really the first time that we’re seeing the Marvel Studios from the Iron Man days, when they can control their own product, actually do this character.”
While DeKnight was optimistic about the upcoming Netflix version of the Punisher being the best version yet, he was reticent about the level of violence the show would be able to portray.
“The first season of Daredevil was violent but I always say it was more implied. It wasn’t nearly as violent as The Walking Dead, a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody’s head in a car door, you would’ve seen the head crush on screen but we didn’t want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around PG-16 and not go all the way to the R. I have no idea if they’re planning to push it that far next season but I would be surprised.”
Though DeKnight left Daredevil to direct a feature film, he does have some regrets at not producing the second season, as Punisher is one of his favorite characters.
“Punisher is one of my favorite characters,” DeKnight said. “I’ve talked to Jeph Loeb ever since I first met him back on Buffy about doing the Punisher. So it was a heartbreak to me to have to leave, but I knew it was in good hands and I loved everything we had started talking about about Frank Castle being in that story.”