Netflix is milking the Marvel craze for all its worth, adding The Punisher to its long list of character-based shows joining Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, as well as the group show The Defenders. The Punisher, aka Frank Castle, who is a key character in the Daredevil series, is a bit of an anti-hero – a vigilante defending the murder of his family turned man-wronged by a shadowy CIA. Jon Bernthal, who played Shane on The Walking Dead, exhibits some Shane-esque characteristics here, conveying the tortured, unpredictable, two-sided Punisher. (Anybody else notice that Bernthal loves to rub his head?).
There’s far less kung fu here in The Punisher, which may be a relief to those that really did not enjoy Iron First, and more traditional action storytelling with a hearty dose of violence. Bernthal doesn’t have any superpowers, like the main characters on the other Marvel shows on Netflix, but has plenty of rage. Also like the other shows, The Punisher is filmed in New York City giving us plenty to look for while taking in the show. Here are some filming locations so far:
1. 60-62 West Street, Greenpoint
The series opens with Castle wreaking havoc on the Mexican cartels and bike gangs at the end of his vigilante period. Since then, he’s been laying low working construction and demolition in Greenpoint, having grown a beard and going by Pete Castiglione. His coworkers make fun of him, telling a newbie that he’s “not all there.” The specific site is 60-62 West Street, a building that was a former rope factory in the Greenpoint Terminal Market. The building is being converted into a boutique hotel, with a design by architecture firm FXFOWLE that will weave “nautical and industrial history with contemporary comforts and playful elegance.”
In the show, you can see the views of the surroundings from the upper floors of the building, which include the Pencil Factory just nearby on Greenpoint Avenue, Hunters Point and Long Island City northwards, and the view of midtown Manhattan.
Castle keeps working into the night, having flashbacks to a carousel – one that figures in Daredevil as well.