Comic Con: 'Punisher: War Zone' looks a little lackluster

Punisherwarzone_l_2Not a remake, not a sequel, Lionsgate and MarvelStudio’s new Punisher: War Zone looks to do the samefor Frank Castle as the recent Hulk did for olBruce Banner. The only difference is, unfortunately, that at this point, War Zone kind of looks, well, bad.

Now played by Ray Stevenson (2004’s Punisher movie starred Thomas Jane), Frank Castle is back in New York, and smack dab in the middle of a turf war started by the grotesqueJigsaw (Dominic West). Yet despite the fact that the folks behind the film repeatedly promised the audience thatthis Punisher reboot will play to the fanboys — the story is based on Garth Ennis’work; there’ll be cameos by comic-fan favorites  Microchip, MartinSoap and Budiansky; the look will closely resemble Tim Bradstreet’s artwork; and, as producer Gale Anne Hurde put it, there will be "ruthless,ultra-violent, vigilante justice" — the clips shown here at Comic-Con failed to inspire.

Maybe it’s the newly cut, candy-colored teaser theyshowed us — Frank looked great…it was everyone and everything aroundhim that was questionable — or maybe my geek hackles were raised at theproducers’ tired insistence that everything we saw wasstraight out of the comic. From the badly situated press section, wherethe podium not only obscured Hurde’s face, but partof the projection screen as well, you could’ve fooled me.

The weird angles, the super-saturated colors, and the stilteddialog combined to leave me feeling deflated: I wanted to get stupdily excited forthis film, both as a comic geek, and a TV snob who wants TitusPullo and Detective McNulty to get the financial and critical success they deserve.


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  • Snsetblaze

    I’d probalby watch anyway just for Ray Stevenson whom I loved in Rome and Babylon Fields (a great pilot that never made it).

  • Nathan Poitras

    It looks like one of those 90’s straight to video Dolph Lundgren/Jeff Speakman flicks, and no, not in a good way.

  • Mike

    “War Zone kind of looks, well, bad.”
    Nope, it doesn’t…not one bit

  • BC

    Pullo ftw!

  • motorola com/E8

    I was a big fan of the first Punisher movie, they should have kept it along those same lines, but who knows? Time will tell

  • Werecreature

    This guy sounds like a condescending dick wad. All i have to say is Welcome Back Frank and i hope that Ray Stevenson shows Frank justice. Unlike Dolph who made him look like a fool. I hope that this series is captured and we get some sequels.
    To make a long stories short Dafna Pleban needs to back the F&%$# up, and needs to stop being a dick.

  • Raven_Moon

    The trailer for this film looks pretty awful. I won’t be seeing this one. (Also, I prefer Thomas Jane.)

  • John

    Both Stevenson and West are good, but neither are movie stars. People can decry and deride actual stars all they want but face it you need at least one to carry a picture. They would have been doing West and Stevenson a favor if they would have surrounded them with at least one major star to inject the movie with some energy and larger appeal.

  • wow

    You talk as if this movie is going to be picked up by the academy. This trailer shoots straight to the point of what this movie is all about. He kills a ton of people because his family is murdered, and it looks to be extremely brutal this go round. Stevenson looks just like Ennis’ Punisher. It looks better than the previous two, which were complete crap, and that alone makes me feel better about this film.

  • frendilyCAMPER

    Thats funny this whole artical is dumb i was at comicon and when they showed the footage every1 went crazy this is how the punisher is ment to look.Try reading a punisher warzone comic then watch the film.Ps Thomas Jane sucked and its a well known fact.

  • Mr cash man

    Looks good to me iam sold.So far every one is hyped to see this moive when it comes out dec 5.

  • coolwhip

    I loved it does that make me a bad person.

  • Patrick Walker

    The R-rated footage for this movie blew me away. The violence surpasses even Rambo. As a die hard Punisher fan, I am incredibly psyched about this movie. I have no idea what this guy expected, but this looks like the Punisher all the hardcore fans want.

  • PJ

    I agree, the trailer looks rather… jumbled and pointless. Putting a bunch of shots of people shooting/being shot with some bad music over it doesn’t make a good trailer, and it doesn’t give me any confidence for this movie. I’m going to need to see a lot more effort from the filmmakers before this goes on my viewing list, no matter what the rabid foaming at the mouth fanboys say.

  • Rob Grizzly

    Just like Hulk and Fantastic Four, when Marvel fails, they just try try again.
    And just like the new movies, it will only be marginally better, but still won’t be anything special.

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