Having had three live-action films, The Punisher wasn’t exactly a hit with general audiences—at least, according to ratings on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. No, it was a little show on Netflix called Daredevil that did the character justice. With his own show set for production, let’s take a look at four reasons The Punisher is the most tragic comic book character.
His campaign for his version of justice has put him at odds with heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil. This makes forming an alliance with him the last thing a superhero wants.
- His philosophy
In his quest for justice, the Punisher has committed massacres of his own. Not only that, his execution style of vigilantism takes away any opportunity for criminals to change their ways.
- Choice of weapons
Other notable characters rely on fantasy technology or science-experiments-gone-wrong to help them combat evil. The Punisher is a street level anti-hero who doesn’t have those luxuries. He has to depend on the only thing he knows, the one element responsible for his pain: guns.
- Death of his family
Batman was just a child when his parents died. Superman was only a baby when his planet exploded. Spider-Man wasn’t around when the mugger he let go killed his uncle. The Punisher was a trained soldier and present when his family was murdered. There’s nothing worst than being capable of stopping a tragedy but still having to watch it occur.
You can catch The Punisher in season two of Daredevil. His own series was recently ordered by Netflix. The release date is TBD.