The Punisher

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The head of Marvel Studios and one of the masterminds behind their current, stupendously successful franchise building strategy, Kevin Feige, recently did an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and not only did he address all of the plans they have for Marvel Phase II, the series of films that are going to lead up to their next team-up spectacular, The Avengers 2, but he also dropped the bomb that a group of characters who used to be under various other studios’ controls were now back in the Marvel fold. According to an excerpt from the interview pulled out by Comic Book Movie, Daredevil, The Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Blade are now back under Marvel Studios control—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the House of Ideas has any immediate plans for them. Feige was quoted as saying, “Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore—and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received. They all have potential, but we’re not going to say, ‘We got it back—make it!’” With all due respect Mr. Feige, screw that. There’s a perfect way to reintroduce all of these abused characters to the big screen, and it’s staring us right in the face.

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Dirty Laundry Tom Jane

At the 2012 San Diego Comic Con we got an exclusive first look at Tom Jane‘s Dirty Laundry, a short film that saw the fan favorite actor return to the role of Frank Castle – The Punisher. It was an awesome, violent piece that got a lot of people hungry for a new bad-ass movie. If you liked the short, which you can see here, or if you just like seeing how things are done, we present to you a Behind-the-Scenes short on the making of Raw Studios’ Dirty Laundry. We get to see plenty of Tom Jane, the active directing style, the fight choreography, and most interesting to me, some insight into how they executed the disgustingly vicious double-leg break!

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Thomas Jane as Punisher, by Tim Bradstreet

Hello Friends of Frank! Just recently we brought you the news that at San Diego Comic-Con Tom Jane, Tim Bradstreet, and the RAW Studios crew sent a room full of Punisher fans into a tizzy when they screened a short film about a bad ass stranger cleaning up the streets – only to have it revealed that said stranger was Frank Castle, The Punisher! Telling you about it was one thing, but how would you like to actually see it? You’re in luck, true believer, because we’ve managed to get a hold of the video and you can check it out right here, right now: likely for a limited time, so act fast!

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Tom Jane at Comic-Con

When I arrived to check out the RAW Studios Panel, the brainchild of actor/writer/director Tom Jane and master illustrator Tim Bradstreet, I was a bit early and took a seat for the 10th Anniversary of something called Courtney Crumrin, which from what I could tell, was an innocent enough book as they talked about there being no real cursing, no sex, and a children friendly Victorian something or other. As they went on and as the RAW panel came closer and closer, the room got decidedly more rock and roll as guys dressed as The Punisher came in with girls in tight mini-dresses and the number of beards in the room roughly quintupled. Once our rough and tumble crowd of around 250 people took over the room, it was time for the RAW panel to begin – though some technical difficulties shifted the schedule around and we started with an announcement that the 1980’s anthology series Alien Worlds was being relaunched by the team, with master fantasy artist William Stout on board to rock out one of the first stories: Before & Afta, which will feature dinosaurs!

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Boiling Point

Death is a funny thing. Or maybe it’s not. I guess it really depends on the circumstances. It could be hilarious, like Weekend at Bernie’s or it could be tragic, like some kid left in a hot car too long. Either way, I want to see more of it. Specifically, I want to see more of it on network television, but cable and premium channels can take notes too. Why do I want more death? Because sometimes a character or story calls for it. We like shows about ultimate badasses. USA’s Burn Notice is very popular and used to be amazing – now it’s just pretty good – and it’s about an ultimate badass. A superspy who used to be heartless and presumably handed out death like candy. He’s teamed up with an ex-Navy SEAL, world renowned for their killing progress, and his terrorist IRA girlfriend who has definitely blown people up. When you take three of the most dangerous people on Earth and set them against really bad men, you’d expect a lot of blood, right? Wrong. Michael Westen has killed maybe one person in five years. Not very badass. So come on, let’s kill more people.

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With Smallville ending in a few weeks, Human Target (unfortunately) hanging on by a the skin of its teeth in ratings, The Incredible Hulk in pre-production and the Wonder Woman pilot now shot and awaiting word on series pickup possibilities, this is a great time to discuss what other comic book franchises would be well served by a live action TV adaptation. So without any ado at all, I offer five comic book franchises that would make great TV and the networks that would make the best match.

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When I was in 3rd grade, I discovered the magic of the merry-go-round at a local park. Shortly after that, I discovered the magic of throwing up after going around one too many times. I can’t help but remember heaving behind my elementary school when hearing the news that Ray Stevenson has spoken to Marvel about taking another go-round on The Punisher. It’s not that Stevenson was bad as Frank Castle, it’s that the Punisher films have been so terrible so far. Like the Keaton/Bale debate, Tom Jane brought the acting to the pain of Frank Castle while Stevenson brought the bad ass, but overall, both movies were lacking for other reason. War Zone especially. It all felt like a badly drawn cartoon from a meth addict. In a way, it feels like they already took “another shot” at The Punisher and they ended up with a worse movie, so why hop on the ride again? We all know that’s not true, though. The truth is that Columbia and Lionsgate already took a second shot at it, but Marvel hasn’t even been up to bat. That’s the real news here. With The Avengers somehow already on the horizon, Marvel is looking to branch out, and they’ve snagged the rights to Frank Castle’s story back from Lionsgate. Seeing The Punisher in house at Marvel might be the key to success. It has been for other characters so far. Now if they could only splice Jane and Stevenson together, they’ll have the […]

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Boiling Point: Big Guys

This article references Sherlock Holmes, The Princess Bride, and The Punisher. How can you not be curious to see what the connection is?

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Robert Fure takes aim at the use and misuse of bullet proof vests in film and television. Bang bang pow!

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Punisher: War Zone

Here we go with another Marvel hero franchise reboot. Was the Thomas Jane Punisher really all that bad?

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n honor of the newly released action romp Punisher: War Zone, the latest in the line of Punisher movies, we went out into the depths of the internet to find some old school badassery, courtesy of Dolph Lundgren.

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Ray Stevenson in Punisher: War Zone

If it’s blood you want, it is blood you’re gonna get. For all its faults — and there are quite a few — Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone does certainly live up to its name. Or at least, the second part of its name.

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Frank Castle hates criminals and punishes them with guns. You hate yourself and punish your body with alcohol. Here’s how to do it better and stronger.

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Punisher: War Zone

Robert Fure writes in his war journal about needless relaunches and Frank Castle is on his list.

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The Ten Most Misunderstood Heroes in Movie History

In honor of the release of Hancock on DVD on November 25, we have put together our list of the Ten Most Misunderstood Heroes in Movie History. Check it out.

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Officially Cool

As many of you know, the trailer recently hit the web. I can’t say that I was impressed our excited, but it did put a smile on my face. Our good friend, and comic book illustration extraordinaire, Tim Bradstreet was given a fun little nod in the film.

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Punisher: War Zone

Lexi Alexander talks about her turn as the director of “The Punisher: War Zone” and has a few things to say about exploding heads and the fans and the haters!

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Punisher: War Zone

Ray Stevenson brings a fresh face to a familiar character in Punisher: War Zone. He also brings with him guns, bullets and a body count.

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Lexi Alexander on the set of Punisher: War Zone

Hooligans director Lexi Alexander recently updated her blog about the status of Punisher: War Zone, where she talks about making compromises, a changing release date and blood, lots of blood.

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Director Lexi Alexander reveals some miniature photos from Punisher: War Zone

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