Entertainment Weekly reports that Punisher is getting his own series.
Which, of course, is perfectly in line with the Daredevil series because the Daredevil series argues that The Punisher’s way is *NOT* the right way to do things and the Punisher is someone who needs to be argued against prior to his killing of bad guys and actively fought against in the moments where he’s going to be actively doing so… and that turns into “wow, this guy is awesome! They should make a show about *HIM*!”
With that, we move from “this is not the right and proper way to deal with crime, even violent crime” to “man, wouldn’t it be great if someone used claymore mines against street pimps? How about if we showed you the street pimp beating one of the women under his employ first?”
And so we completely misunderstand the attempt at a moral (muddled though it may be, as it comes filtered through all sorts of reveling in body horror) that there is some list of deontological expectation of doing good out there because we are constantly shown the utilitarian benefit of having sincerely bad people get blown up, good and hard.
Also, Maribou and I haven’t finished Daredevil Season Two yet and there was a part of me that was kind of hoping that it’d end with Frank Castle’s death.
I mean, if done right, that would be some awesome “live by the sword, die by the sword, there seriously MUST be a better way!” moral lessons being handed down right there.
Muddled though they may be.
Ah, maybe the Punisher series is a prequel.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)