After delivering Iron Fist and The Defenders earlier this year, Marvel and Netflix closed out 2017 with a bang by introducing The Punisher, which debuted exactly one week ago today on the streaming service. While Jon Bernthal's title character was introduced in the second season of Daredevil, this series introduced a number characters from the comic books, including David Lieberman, best known by his nickname Micro, played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Fans saw right away that this was a very different version of the comic book character, who also diverged quite a bit from Wayne Knight's portrayal of the character in the 2008 movie Punisher: War Zone. When asked if it was easier to portray a character that isn't a carbon copy of the comic book iteration, Ebon Moss-Bachrach said he didn't want to re-invent the character, but he also wanted to put a fresh spin on him.
"Yes and no, because I really want to play 'the guy.' I don't want to reinvent Microchip. I wasn't interested in doing that, or kinda like turning it on its head, or doing some kind of crazy version of it. I wanted to play him as something that is recognizable as Microchip to Punisher fans, but also experiment and develop and flesh him out maybe a little bit more. Sometimes, if you have the benefit of actors and acting and scripts, and see them in a way, you can sometimes convey more nuance versus a comic book. And so that's what I was hoping to achieve."
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone. Jon Bernthal leads a cast that includes Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein, Paul Schulze as Rawlins and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Farah Madani. When asked about one of the other big changes to his Micro character, the inclusion of his own family that he can't see because he's a fugitive from the law, Ebon Moss-Bachrach had this to say.
"It was a really weird headspace to get into, and really, really lonely. Really, really sad, I thought. I was unexpectedly emotional. I thought I was going to go into this superhero show playing it really cool, close to the vest. I kept kind of catching feelings, as they say. So those were kind of the hardest scenes for me to shoot, these scenes where he's just kind of alone at the monitor watching this life of his family in absentia. I thought it was pretty sad."
It was confirmed earlier this month that Disney will not pull Netflix shows like The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. There was talk that Disney could be pulling all of these shows from Netflix, when the studio's brand new streaming service launches in 2019, but it seems that isn't the case. Netflix has yet to renew The Punisher for a second season, but it wouldn't be surprising if a renewal happens in the near future. You can also visit CinemaBlend to check out their interview with The Punisher star Ebon Moss Bachrach.