Thomas Jane Stars in Unofficial ‘Punisher’ Short Film [Video]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 16th, 2012 at 9:02 am,

During the Thor/Captain America panel of Comic-Con 2010, Marvel Studios President of Production confirmed that they had reacquired the film rights to the Punisher franchise. It was later re-confirmed that Marvel had both Punisher and Blade back and were interested in bringing them back in the screen, but there’s still been nothing on the film front from either franchise since 2008’s Punisher: War Zone.

While Marvel Studios isn’t officially developing any Punisher feature films, the character has returned with a new (unofficial) live-action short film starring someone who’s officially played the character of Frank Castle in one of the three films.

On the evening of Saturday, July 14, 2012, actor Thomas Jane and comic book artist Tim Bradstreet hosted their own panel to talk about their comic book related projects, but the highlight of the presentation was something no one saw coming: a Punisher short film made by them, starring Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman. Below is the official panel description.

RAW Studios: Past, Present, and Future— Thomas Jane (The Punisher 2004), and Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher Max), take you through the paces on their old and new projects. Topics include the Dark Country GN and the upcoming new books The Lycan and Alien Worlds. Guest panelists James Daly (Bad Planet), and Greg Staples (Bad Planet V2) join the fray. Also video and news on RAW’s upcoming feature film western, A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand. Plus a major video game announcement AND a very special surprise for friends of Frank! Talk with Q&A, moderated by Jane and Bradstreet.

The special surprise was the called “Dirty Laundry,” a film that brings Jane back into the shoes of Frank Castle for the first time in eight years (since playing the character in 2004’s Punisher), a man who lost it all and decided to use his unique skillset to punish evildoers. It’s brutally violent and entirely in line with the character. The reveal of the Punisher logo (the new design by Bradstreet) on the shirt at the end was very effective.

Bradstreet’s done many comic covers for the Punisher books and worked on posters for both Jane’s Punisher movie and War Zone.  He also served as a concept art on Blade II.

New Punisher Logo Tim Bradstreet 570x270 Thomas Jane Stars in Unofficial Punisher Short Film [Video]

After Ray Stevenson’s portrayal of the character in Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone failed miserably among critics and at the box office, Lionsgate gave up on the franchise and Marvel got the property back.

The timing of Jane’s fan film is interesting since Marvel Studios is proceeding with ‘Phase Two’ of their franchise, beginning with Iron Man 3, followed by Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. With Ant-Man coming as well, where does that leave The Punisher? And could Jane play Frank Castle again?

Keep an eye on the Screen Rant Comic-Con 2012 page for all the convention news.

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  1. Thomas Jane as the Punisher? Yes please.

    • I second that.

    • Thomas Jane needs to reprise the role for a 2hr movie, the short was great the short gave a little insight after Tampa. What would good if a 45 50 minute could be done where we see Frank in a fire fight, and we see cameo’s of Spacka Dave and Mr. Bumpo.

      The unarmed fight sequences were done very well, would like to see Lieberman in the Thomas Jane version.

  2. Who has the movie rights for The Punisher. Would like the original studio to bring Jane back in another film.

    • Apparently Marvel Studios owns the movie rights to the Punisher.

  3. LOVED this short!, If Thomas Jane returns as The Punisher in a Big Screen Movie, I would see it just as I saw the 2004 film. I will NEVER watch Punisher:War Zone. I’ve watched about 10 minutes of that movie and that was 10 minutes too long.

    • Jane was by far the best to ever play The Punisher. If he would play that role again i would actually be excited about the franchise again.

      • As a HUGE Punisher Fan…… I was rather disappointed by the 2004 film. War Zone was slightly better only in that it stayed truer to the character. It was bloody and violent and very Frank Castle. The Jane film dilluted the character and the film just didn’t feel real, especially with Travolta as the bad guy. In any case, I still have faith in the franchise and I think Jane could pull it off as long as the script was solid and the film was violent. Excited!

  4. The only reason I think the 2004 punisher didn’t do so good was because most of the voilent scenes were cut including the big part club shoot out because it was too violent ( as they said) but Saint wasn’t a real bad guy too he wasn’t what you think he was a business man in a drug world not some mafia boss

  5. The Punisher War Zone was bad because it was campy and written poorly, not because Ray Stevenson wasn’t a good fit for the lead role. If you were to put Ray Stevens Punisher in the Thomas Jane movie you’d have a PUNISHER film better then either of the 2.

    Thomas Jane wasn’t bad as the Punisher, he just wasn’t the right look physically speaking. He had the right facial look and attitude but Frank Castle is a big man and Thomas Jane isn’t but Ray Stevens is.

    That said this 10 minute short was awesome and serves as proof that you don’t have to have a million dollar major production to make an entertaining action flick even one based on Comic book hero or anti-hero.

  6. Amazing.

    This short does more for Frank than the 3 previous movies combined.

    Please Marvel, can we have a TV series just like this.

  7. that was incredible thats the way the punisher is meant to be please bring back Thomas Jane as The Punisher

  8. I seriously hope they make another movie, just this short video shows the length that Thomas Jane puts into being the character he is playing. Warzone was the biggest joke ever.. I’m not ever sure why they made it without him. To me Thomas Jane is the punisher character. I think the fans deserve a new punisher movie after the Warzone garbage that was put out.

  9. It was absolutely awesome, I was there and they never told us in was a short film about The Punisher, it was revealed until the end and everyone went crazy. As you mentioned, the short film was done to revealed the new skull of the Punisher T-shirt made by Tim Bradstreet. I was lucky enough to take a picture with Tom and Ron, they are so cool.

  10. Awesome!! But I really prefer pretical blood effects instead of cgi blood. CGI blood in this fight made the blood from “Monty Python The Search for the Holy Grail,” when the rabbit attacked them, look real. Other than that, I would love to see Jane back in black as the Punisher!!!

  11. Awesome!! But I really prefer practical blood effects instead of cgi blood. CGI blood in this fight made the blood from “Monty Python The Search for the Holy Grail,” when the rabbit attacked them, look real. Other than that, I would love to see Jane back in black as the Punisher!!!

  12. Punisher 2 was horrible. The writing lacked giving the audience that “connection” that we would need to empathize with the main role. It wasn’t believable at all… some strange drug that nobody has ever heard of…bla bla bla.

    Now the Thomas Jane version…. He was a real character. We SAW his wife and kid get mowed down. The movie took place in Tampa, so it was a setting people had seen before, so the movie didn’t have to go to great length to sell the audience on location… Finally…the casting…. Casting was near perfect, Roy Scheider, Travolta, Bed foster, Kevin Nash and Rebacca Romijn (OMG hottie)…

    What makes a great series like Punisher … serperate from Spiderman/Ironman is REALISM. If you can make a movie , that connect’s the audience emotionally with the main character, and throw in some gratuitous violence, and keep as much CGI and you can OUT of the film…you will have a winner. Big thing is people MUST LIKE the actor portraying the lead. Thomas Jane does that, he’s tough, but approachable.

    Thomas Jane all the way… I’d love to play an extra on that film.

  13. awesome. The first Thomas Jane Punisher was a little over the top, but it’s clear that Thomas Jane the actor is dedicated to the character…and it seems like a good Punisher movie should be relatively easy to do. Totally agree that CGI blood is not good (we’re not pointing any fingers, most Japanese action movies these days), but it’s a minor complaint.

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  15. Thank God this is what i was always hoping for, thank you Thomas Jane, If only all the actors had this much dedication to the roles. Marvel cannot ignore this.

  16. yes marvel dont sue just give thomas jane a s*** load of money and let him make you a punisher movie. you will get your cash back ten fold.

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  19. This short is great! I really liked it!
    I am also a huge Punisher fan. I agree with jbizall that the War Zone movie was much truer to the Punisher comic books and story line. It was much grittier and violent, much more Punisher-like. The 2004 film moved too far away from the Punisher story line and settings.
    Ray Stevenson was good as the Punisher. As another poster pointed out, he is visually much closer to Frank Castle in the comics, but I really appreciate Thomas Jane’s dedication to the character and thought he did a fine job as the Punisher. I could go for either of them in the role, but I’ve got to hand it to Jane for his commitment to the character. …as long as they have a good script that sticks to Punisher canon, I really want to see another Punisher movie!

  20. It will be cool if they make other punisher movie starting Thomas Jane he was great on the first one

  21. It will be cool if they make other punisher movie starting Thomas Jane he was great on the first one.

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