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. loved it

  2. it took him long enough to get to it but when he finally got to the punishment part it was worth the wait. now why can’t Hollywood get it right and make a sweet Punisher movie?

  3. Always liked Tom Jane as The Punisher, nice to see him back in the role, even if it is only a short.

    Hope he gets the gig again in another feature.

  4. Awesome! Good to see Jane back in that role.

  5. Liked that a lot, unbreakable JD bottle and all. :-)

  6. what a load of exaggerated over the top pointless bs. people who say yes ot mindless garbage like that without knowing the character are the reason we have stupid action movies and the reason cinema has become to bloody mainstream, unoriginal and brain dead.

    this had no realism, no flow and definitely no charisma regardless of whether it was a legit in production preview or something fan made, this is something that would not only suck as a movie but would suck in every other aspect.

    jane may look a little like punisher now, but it’s ray stevenson that would be my preference as punisher b/c he just felt more powerful and scarier, plus he nailed the acting (unlike everyone else in the movie).

    i really hope the new blade movie or tv series is more in line with the tone of blade 2 (with sprinkles of humour from blade 3). if both are even remotely as pointless and stupid as this short then i worry for marvel ever making a mature comic adaptation.

    • You lost your commenting rights when you said your preference as The Punisher was Ray. Jeez… even Dolph would be better.

      • ^ LMAO. “Lost your commenting rights”

        Yea. Warzone was horrible. Its only saving grace was that it captured the Punisher MAX look.

        This ten minute short had more story an emmotion than Warzone lol. Warzone felt like the director was handed 47 different gruesome deaths and told to make a story around it lol. Violence for the sake if violence.

    • Ray Stevenson IS the Punisher.

    • who the fck r u ?

      get lost kid go back watch that b movie u said with ray or wtf his name.

  7. funny how everyone likes it b/c of the violence, really says a lot about how sick and immature the world is becoming.

    • Well I think people like the violence because some marvel characters are very dark. Definitely not meant for younger readers. One example is The Punisher. In his comics there was a lot of violence and mature themes. I think it’s going to be very hard for marvel to make a movie that is faithful to the source material and is also in line with the family friendly universe they have created with their other marvel properties. I think the punisher is too dark to be in this film series with cap and iron man

      • never said he should be with them, just dont want the next movie (or tv series) to be mindless blood/gore and killing, there is nothing dark about that. the character has a very depressing background seeing as how everyone that comes close to him eventually dies, they could definitely explore that aspect of the character and it would really give those that dont know the character that well something to think about.

        i’m all for violence, but it has to be ‘tasteful’ and in context, not just random and over the top like it was in this.

        • That’s crazy talk. Who wants to pay good money to see a depressing Punisher film? People want to see him “PUNISH”, not be in therapy for 2 hours.

    • I know the character and loved it. I’ve read the old stuff and the MAX comics. It’s the Punisher. On what Earth are you living in where violence and Punisher don’t go hand in hand?

      • Amen, Ori! As I say above, people pay money to see the Punisher “PUNISH”. That’s his deal. That’s what he does. Take that angle away from him by focusing on his depressing past, and you’ve got an episode of Law and Order.

        • He’s probably from Australia or something.

      • Ori,

        My thoughts exactly.

    • Oh, get your panties out of a bunch.

  8. I remember Thomas Jane didn’t want to discuss The Punisher during an SDCC panel for The Mist a few years ago. It’s good to see he hasn’t given up on the character. Nice to see him teaming up with Ron Perlman again, too. I enjoyed their work on The Mutant Chronicles though this short had the same sort of excessive (absurd?) violence that makes it a bit reminiscent of some video games.

  9. Those CG effects were a little over the top unrealistic, but otherwise the short was really good! Shows potential that the Punisher could actually be a compelling character on screen.

  10. That was awesome. He reprised the role well and for a short film it was done pretty good. I hope they make another with him, I was disappointed when he wasn’t in War Zone. I also thought Tim Bradstreet’s illustrations of Castle were the best ever done. His illustrations combined in the Max series with the story telling took Punisher to a whole new level. Never really understood what happened after that.

  11. I’m really hoping they smarten up and bring Thomas Jane back as Frank. Ray Stevenson sucked as Punisher. That whole movie was crap.

  12. This was awesome, loved his interpretation of the character and would love it if he were to reprise his role!!

  13. I like it. The action doesn’t bother me because I think it goes along with the character. Maybe it is over the top but I wouldn’t say that it is mindless action – I just assumed that this kind of brutality is his style.

    Overall, it’s enjoyable. The film is only ten minutes so there’s not a lot to really do under that time. However, the lead up to the final action scene is worth it. The scenes where he is watching in the beginning and not doing anything shows where his head is at. When he finally decides to take action shows that he is willing to not let injustice slide and I hope that Jane is brought back as the Punisher.

  14. Can’t watch it now, but I’ll definitely take a look at it tonight. It sounds pretty awesome though…
    Any idea if this short is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

    • It’s not. It’s something he did on his own, not sanctioned by Marvel.

  15. Hm anyone notice at 3:00 the thugs ask the kid “Where’s your big brother now?” As if they’ve met the big brother of his and he presumably did something to piss them off?

    Wouldn’t it be cool since this is the Marvel universe and all that his “big brother” could be none other than Power Man Luke Cage if Marvel decides to greenlight this? To sort of tie into their upcoming “Phase 2″ order of films and shows?

    • that would be awesome his big bro could be in prison that would explain his absence

  16. Seems to me that a lot of people are adamantly opposed to Thomas Jane as Frank Castle. IMO he had this slightly hokey badassedness about him in that movie that I really loved. A very underrated film all around. I do live near Tampa so I guess as a local I am a big fan of the movie in that regard. Would be nice to see Jane pick the role back up for one more go.

    • Despite all the changes, i liked it A LOT better than Warzone despite that being more faithful.

  17. hat was really fantastic. Now thats the Punisher. I didn’t really enjoy the 1st one with Thomas Jane. Its not that I didn’t believe him as Castle, I just didn’t like the movie.

    And anyway, it shouldve been set in New York, not Miami. But I digress, I hope this short convnces the execs at Marvel to give Frank Castle one more college try and go for it.

    Though, I can’t imagine where an R rated Punisher would fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    I could imagine Thomas Jane’s Punisher sitting in a bar in Tijuana (taking out some random Mexican drug Cartel) and Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury coming up to him and saying “Hi Frank, buy you a drink”

  18. That…sorry

  19. Cool guys don’t look at burning pimps.

    • Level +1

  20. That’s awesome. I enjoyed The Punisher starring Thomas Jane more than i did Warzone. Stevenson looked the part & was good aswell. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jane back as Frank Castle again. Hopefully Marvel/Disney aquire the rights of Ghost Rider since the 2nd film was down right awful.

  21. Cool short. I like how it seems to pick up 6 months after the movie. I like how Jane’s Punisher seemed a little disheartened. Living out a van, not really wanting to get back in the fight.

    Hopes this leads to his return.

  22. If the Punisher was like this short film it would have been even better!!!Badass has a name it is Punisher!!!

    • nobody gives a fck about that piece of trash b movie dude neither the character get over it and stop crying

  23. Disagree about Ray Stevenson. While the overall tone of WAR ZONE was not as realistic and serious as it needed to be, Stevenson owned in the role IMO. That scene where Castle is reliving the trauma of his family’s slaughtering at their grave was amazing. Watching Ray was like seeing the character literally leap from the pages of the comic to the big screen.

    That said, I’m glad Jane’s short film finally made it’s way online.

    If Marvel and Fox are still determined to make a Punisher TV series, hopefully they’ll use this short film as a blueprint. At the very least, this might convince Marvel/Fox toward a more reality based Punisher series for FX (ala THE SHIELD) than procedural cop drama in the vein of CRIMINAL MINDS. I know I’d rather see this on TV rather than the orgin altering, Ed Bernero-helmed Punisher pilot Marvel and Fox are currently developing for the small screen.

    I was never one to believe the Punisher wasn’t suited for the silver screen, but I do think the footage presented works best in a serious television format. Though there are other actors who physically embody the character more, Jane makes up for it with charismatic acting. I’d have no problem if they got him for the role. The scene between him and Ron Perlman was really great.

    Loved the short.

    • I’d rather see a new Punisher movie, since I never watch tv, but if it HAD to go on tv FX is hardly the place to put Punisher. The violence and graphic content from the comics would be way too toned down. HBO is the best bet.

  24. bring on the sequel with better action and no cheating dramas. I almost felt like I was watching a soap opera (The Punisher)

  25. awesome!

    anyone else notice who well the joker theme from TDK fit into that short? so cool.

  26. FINALLY, Marvel got The Punisher back!!! Never liked Thomas Jane’s 2004 portrayal of Frank Castle, but he certainly earned my vote with this short film. Ray Stevenson had the perfect stone cold S.O.B look though. I really thought Frank would’ve just gunned them down, but Tim Bradstreet executed it with the bottle perfectly. Nice touch! I really really hope they could finally make the perfect Punisher film after this and put Tim Bradstreet on the project.

  27. “Punisher” is probably one of the few Marvel titles that can match “The Dark Knight” on emotional depth, realism, and complex story. I’m not a big fan of the Comic books but i didnt hate the 2004 movie.

    Another Punish movie would be welcomed if done with that sense of realism and grittiness.

    • First you’re comparing the cumulative work on several comic book series -which you call a Marvel title- to one particular filmmaker’s take on Batman. You don’t cite what comics you mean, or explain how they’re representative of the “title”.
      This comparison is nevertheless supposed to be based on “emotional depth, realism, and complex story”. I’m sorry, are we still talking about the psychopath in the skull t-shirt who shoots criminals and the man in the bat suit?
      Based on the assumption that Nolan is infallible, I guess one could try to associate the Punisher with the raw material for the Dark Knight series and thus force the conclusion that Frank Castle is an awesome character.
      The truth is, he’s a boring revenge fantasy who’s one step from “punishing” abortion clinics with C4 but don’t let that stop you.
      That’s the most entertaining post I’ve read all day.

  28. Stevenson I thought was good in the role even though his movie was generally awful in my opinion.

    I really enjoyed Jane as the Punisher and thought his was also the best movie.

    Bring him back again. Let’s get him in the Avengers 2 or 3. Even if only as a cameo. And Blade for that matter…