Daredevil: Born Again: Jon Bernthal Reportedly Returning as Punisher
Reports are Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle/The Punisher & join Charlie Cox & Vincent D'Onofrio for Daredevil: Born Again.
After months of speculation & rumors, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting from sources that Jon Bernthal is set to reprise his role as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, and join the cast of Matt Corman & Chris Ord's (Covert Affairs) Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) & Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin)-starring Daredevil: Born Again. Targeted to premiere in Spring 2024 (for now, at least), the 18-episode series cast would include (if true) Cox, D'Onofrio, Bernthal, Michael Gandolfini (The Many Saints Of Newark), Margarita Levieva (The Deuce), Sandrine Holt (American Gigolo), and Nikki M. James (Severance). THR reports that Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson are not expected to return to their roles as Karen Page and Foggy Nelson, respectively, though that is not confirmed.
Charlie Cox Discusses Daredevil: Born Again
Speaking with NME towards the end of the year, Cox shared that filming would start early in 2023 and was expected to take up most of 2023 ("I start shooting in February and finish in December"). Following that, Cox addressed why he prefers a version of Matt Murdock that's "geared towards a slightly more mature audience," why "Born Again" needs to move beyond the Netflix series, and why he's taking a realistic approach to expectations.
Cox Prefers More "Mature" Matt Murdock: "My opinion is this character works best when he's geared towards a slightly more mature audience. My instinct is that on Disney+, it will be dark, but it probably won't be as gory."
On Needing to Move Beyond Netflix's Marvel Universe: "I would say to those people [wanting to continue the Netflix series], we've done that. Let's take the things that really worked, but can we broaden? Can we appeal to a slightly younger audience without losing what we've learned about what works?"
With 18 Episodes, Cox Hopes Matt Sees Some Serious Courtroom Time: "I'm fascinated to discover why they've chosen to do 18. I'm imagining there's going to be an element to it that is like the old-school procedural show. Not necessarily case-of-the-week, but something where we go really deep into Matt Murdock the lawyer, and get to see what his life is like. If that's done right and he really gets his hands dirty with that world… I think there's something quite interesting about that, to spend a lot of time in a superhero's day-to-day life, and you really earn the moments when he suits up."
Cox on Not Seeing "Daredevil: Born Again" Success as a Given: "You [Interviewer] said earlier that I could be busy for years, and I thought, 'Yeah, maybe. Hopefully. But if this show next year doesn't hit the spot, then that might be it. Then it's back to…" And even if the show is a success, Cox knows the importance of appreciating it in the now because it won't last forever. "I'm incredibly grateful Daredevil's coming back. I love playing this character. How much longer, at my age, can I play the lead in a superhero film or TV show? Not very long, probably."