The Punisher star, Jon Bernthal, has commented on the controversy surrounding Frank Castle’s logo. Bernthal’s career started off with his debut role as the Marvel antihero in Netflix’s Daredevil.
With the extremists adopting his stylized skull as a symbol of intimidation and “holding the line” has sparked controversy, and therefore some are calling on Marvel to retire Frank Castle and his legacy in totality.
Following the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol Hill last week, the Punisher made huge headlines. The rioters who stormed the building were seen adorning the Punisher’s skull logo.
As a result, people are calling on Marvel to retire the Punisher’s logo, with the character as well, for general good. Many prominent people from the comics industry have shared their thoughts on this issue, including Mitch Gerards, who worked on the Punisher comics for 20 issues.
On Tuesday, Bernthal, tweeted a piece of fan art by user KZ the Writer, where we saw him celebrating the character, with a note that “these lost and afraid people have nothing to do with what Frank stands for or is about.”
The Punisher logo has also been dragged into controversy over the Black Lives Matter movement, when the police co-opted the logo in the midst of the protests.
Earlier, the Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway made his tried to clear the controversy by starting a new charity campaign in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, this time the controversy has doubled itself, hinting some won’t be able to look at it, or the character, the same way again.