The introduction of Frank Castle into the Marvel Universe during the second season of Daredevil is often cited as one the best parts of that season. The episode where they spend most of the scene arguing on a roof, straight out of the comic The Choice, is top tier not just for Marvel but for television in general. It wasn't that surprising that a series was greenlit. It just finished principle photography and is eyeing a late 2017 release date.
Ben Barnes, who will be playing Billy Russo in the series, talked to W Magazine about filming the series for several weeks in New York City.
"I've never spent more than three days in my life in New York, but now I've been here for seven months," Barnes said. "So now I've had my fill, I've dug deep. I enjoyed how quickly I found it reminded me of London in a lot of ways. I used to find it kind of intimidating, but once I worked out the subway system, I realized it was quite easy. Then you find the place you get coffee in the morning, a supermarket so you don't have to Postmates every day, and start to understand how the city works and feel a bit more like the patchwork of it. A lot of time, our lifestyle as actors can be very disjointed and its disquieting when you don't know what your structure is going to be, and once I got used to [Brooklyn], I loved it. I could just zip into Manhattan and see plays, and listen to music, and get drunk—all that type of stuff."
New York does have a way of getting under your skin. Barnes also talked about how filming was just as intense as Frank Castle is.
"There was a lot of night work and lot of action and a lot of cold nights, and a lot of the aggressive passion. You have to give it anything when you are around that energy."
Barnes also spoke about how he is keeping a lot of secrets by working with Marvel and his stint on HBO's Westworld.
"This is the problem about working for HBO and Marvel: you talk about it on pain of death," Barnes said.
I wonder if Marvel and HBO get their snipers from the same company. Seems like a lucrative business.
Ben Barnes is set to star alongside Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll, ason R. Moore, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Daniel Webber, and more in season one of The Punisher.
The Punisher will stream to Netflix sometime in late 2017.