The Punisher is one of the titanic characters in the Marvel Universe, so much so that he's been the star of three separate movies in the past 20-some-odd years. And, perhaps unwilling to admit defeat, Marvel sounds like they're keen on teeing up a fourth.
The man who most recently donned Frank Castle's well-worn bulletproof vest in 2008's Punisher: War Zone, Ray Stevenson, let slip that, in the wake of Marvel reacquiring the rights to The Punisher, he'd already had a conversation with Marvel about reprising the role:
"If it's on my path to do him again, I'll definitely do my best. ... It's way out of my hands."
Oddly enough, the failure of the previous Castle pics—1989's The Punisher, with Dolph Lundgren, 2004's The Punisher, with Tom Jane, and Stevenson's War Zone—can't be blamed on the actors. They all did what they were asked to do: blow stuff up with the menacing conviction of a man steeled by the murder of his family. No, the problem was that the filmmakers didn't understand what makes Frank Castle tick and why readers have responded to him for decades.
See, he's a crazy person. Not quite as crazy as Batman—who A) dresses as a giant bat to fight crime and B) refuses to kill those who've repeatedly earned the death penalty, which is an insane line for a man dressed as a bat to draw in the sand—but still pretty nuts. You don't want to see him humanized, touched in the heart by the kindness of the innocents around him. He should be treated a bit like the shark in Jaws: a force of nature who, every now and again, remembers that he used to be a man.
We don't know what Marvel has in store for the Punisher—IMDB lists a new movie coming in 2014, for whatever that's worth—but we hope they stay true to one of their biggest monsters.
(via Cinema Blend)