So I finally sat down to watch the trailer for the upcoming series for The Punisher (click at your own risk, it contains scenes of graphic violence) and I’m wondering how (or whether) it’s going to work.
If you watched Daredevil Season 2, you know that Punisher was set up to be the antagonist of the story. Daredevil wanted his enemies brought to Justice. Punisher merely wanted them dead. The argument was set up to be an argument between Daredevil’s way of doing it vs. Punisher’s. Do we do it in a court of law or do we do it extra-judicially? Of course, the thumbs of the writers were on the scale. We begin the season in a Church, after all. Our protagonist talks about Justice and Obligations with his priest. These conversations go on to be contrasted with the Punisher’s line of “You hit ’em and they get back up, I hit ’em and they stay down!” Without getting into too many spoilers, there’s a scene in a courtroom where our protagonist gives a speech that even wanders into the territory of Good and Evil.
The season does a good job of trying to have its cake and eat it too, of course… it gives us satisfying extra-judicial resolutions to conflicts between characters that we like and characters that we don’t while, at the same time, having the characters who are the show’s moral core explain that there is, in fact, a right way to do things and it involves going after Justice rather than going for the satisfying extra-judicial resolution.
However the new season of The Punisher seems to take a somewhat different tack. We have gone from discussions of Justice and Good and Evil into… well, I haven’t watched the show (it doesn’t come out until November 17) but, if the trailer is any indication, we seem to be having a discussion about how there are some people who just need killin’.
The Punisher just happens to be the man for the job.
As far as I can tell from the trailer… once again, the writers have their thumb on the scale.
Which isn’t to say that I’m not going to watch it. Heck, I’m on tenterhooks.
I just don’t think it’s going to work.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?