Venkman Here - I was sold on this movie with the trailer that recently came out. But after reading what the director of the movie Lexi Alexander had to say about it, and what it will be like, I am even more stoked to see The Punisher: War Zone! I think its great that she actually welcomes to negative criticism!
Wow, I was psyched and surprised to see the trailer, I had no clue it was coming out so early.I'm also blown away that there is such a huge reaction to it. The good, the bad, I love it all. I've been getting emails from all over the world and heard from friends I've known in the Karate and Kickboxing circuit whom I haven't spoken to in years. I'm starting to realize how huge The Punisher fan base is.
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!!!
I'm very happy that the hardcore Punisher fans recognized the lines taken directly from the comic books (all credit goes to Ray Stevenson for that), and that MAX fans appreciated the color theme that was also directly copied from the books. Yes ...don't expect this Punisher to be set in an ultra-realistic world. Every director has to make a call on the vision and style of a film and putting The Punisher in a realistic and gritty setting would be like having Det. Vic Mackey of THE SHIELD run around with a big ass skull on his chest, or Ray Liotta's character in NARC suddenly go: "Hey, I think I just saw a guy whose face looks like a Jigsaw puzzle." Ha, ha.
Real crime stories and comic books are two different worlds for me. It was my first priority to please The Punisher comic book fans and with all the respect to two wonderful actors, I wasn't trying to become a member of the Dolph Lundgren or Thomas Jane fan club. This film is about the mythology of FRANK CASTLE, it is ultra violent and it will look not a little, but a lot like this:
I really think this movie is going to be better than what everyone is expecting. At least I hope so.