Rosario Dawson Backpedals on Punisher Reboot Confirmation
Daredevil star Rosario Dawson was wrong about Marvel Studios' reboot of The Punisher.
Following a panel appearance at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo where Dawson seemingly confirmed that The Punisher was "happening again" with Jon Bernthal reprising his role as Frank Castle, the actor has since explained that she was incorrect. "I can’t be trusted…!" tweeted Dawson. "Getting intel from fans during signings is iffy apparently. My bad. I get excited. Confirmation is key when you’re told what you want to hear…" Neither Marvel Studios nor Disney ever publically addressed Dawson's statements.
While Frank Castle's Marvel Cinematic Universe future remains open, many fans are hoping that the deadly anti-hero will soon join the likes of Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio. Both actors reprised their roles as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil and Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin, respectively, giving fans hope that Netflix's Defenders saga is canon in the MCU. At the time of writing, there have been no announcements regarding Bernthal donning the icon skull for a future appearance as The Punisher.
Fans Are Pushing for Bernthal's Punisher
Cox, who will once again be playing the Devil of Hell's Kitchen in the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, has previously voiced his support for Frank Castle's return. "The only thing I'll say is I don't know who could do a better version of The Punisher than Jon Bernthal," Cox said. "And that character is beloved, people are crazy for Frank Castle. So if they're going to do it again, I hope they do it with him because I don't think it gets better than that."
Bernthal has played coy on whether or not he'd be open to reprising the role of the rage-filled character, insisting that he doesn't know anything about a potential reboot. When asked whether he'd heard anything about the series, the actor simply responded by saying, "I don't know, man. I don't know. You know, yeah. I don't know about all that."
Bernthal's performance as Frank Castle was widely appreciated by fans and critics alike, many of whom praised the actor's ability to display both the rage and sadness of the character. Then Marvel Executive Vice President and Creative Director Joe Quesada praised Bernthal's performance, noting that the actor was able to bring more depth to the role than they expected. "It's very easy, I think, to portray a character like that in a very one-dimensional manner, Quesada said. "But number one, he had scripts that were incredibly deep and rich and Jon brought so much to the character of Frank."