Punisher: War Zone

Lexi Alexander has heard what you think about the recently released Punisher: War Zone trailer and she’s ready to fight back. Well sort of. Director Alexander, who had nothing to do with the actual cutting of the trailer, has read both the positive and negative reactions around the web to her take on Frank Castle. She sends an enthusiastic thanks to her supporters, but doesn’t shy away from letting her detractors know she’s a fighter. She favorably recalls how the initial reactions to The Incredible Hulk trailer were negative, but the film has received positive reviews, including a thumbs up from Lexi herself.

The feisty female Frank fan had this to say about the amount of blood and violence in the trailer:

I’m not sure what kind of impression I would get from this trailer if I didn’t actually know the film. I am utterly impressed, though, they managed to find that much PG rated action footage at all. It had to be a challenge to cut a trailer from our action stuff without showing any gore and blood.

I’ve been told that you can’t even show heads blowing up in red-band trailers. I hope that’s not true because that would suck. It’s weird to see Castle shoot all those bullets and not see the thugs who are catching them. That’s the best fucking part about it!!!

Alexander also goes on to point out that, as some fans have noticed, some lines and scenes and colorings have been lifted directly from the panels of the book itself. In revealing this, she also mentioned that the tone of her movie would be more in touch with a comic feel, rather than some ultra-realistic take on the Punisher.

I was one of the people completely underwhelmed by the trailer, and to be frank (heh), somewhat put off by its flashy action pieces that I described as ‘unrealistic for the Punisher.’ I’m at odds a bit with Alexander’s view of the character, as I feel that he is drawn very realistic. No, he is not a regular cop gone bad. He is a bad man gone worse. He is definitely a comic character with comic motivations, but his actions in the books are realistic. He’s not a guy who leaps from tall buildings or swings from chandeliers, at least not in my experience.

That being said, I really am excited by the amount of blood and violence she indicates will be in the final cut of the film. I haven’t given up on this film, not by a long shot, as I consider myself a fairly rabid Punisher fan. I’m glad that War Zone will take its cinematography cues from the actual pages of the comic, but still have my reservations over the style of action and Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle. I want this film to be gritty, fun, and awesome and I will gladly dive on my words like they were a hand grenade in a fox hole if this movie rocks my world, but for now, I remain a doubter, though not a hater.

In any event, Lexi Alexander is one woman you don’t want to be on the wrong side of. Check out her official blog to read the rest of her comments on the trailer.

Source: Lexi Alexander’s Blog

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