Punisher: War Zone Update

Published 7 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 9:23 pm,

Director Lexi Alexander has updated her blog with a new post talking about the military background of Frank Castle (played by Ray Stevenson). She highlights an interview with the production’s military adviser, real life hero Sergeant Jonathan Barton.

We’ve got few excerpts from the interview below, but you can head over to her site for the whole thing.

In her interview, Lexi talked about what she wanted Castle’s background to be in the film:

“We wanted to be very close to Frank Castle’s original biography, so I asked you [JB] to make him look like he spent some time in every branch of the Military before he became a renown Force Recon/Special Ops instructor.”

When Barton was asked what it was like to work on Punisher: War Zone

“Working on the new Punisher, from a Marine’s POV, was a dream come true! The Punisher, as a character, has a huge Marine Corps following. He represents the harder side of the Marine Corps. In Iraq my squad and I would spray paint the SKULL on ¬†anything we could find!”

Again, based on the production, it seems like this should be a good movie – but that doesn’t always turn out to be the case in the final product. I’d love for this thing to turn out great and leave all its troubles behind, but we won’t know until Punisher: War Zone opens on December 5th.

For the full interview, head on over to LexiAlexandar.com.

Thanks to Screen Rant reader Kevin for alerting us to the news!

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  1. No, unless they cut out the dialouge he gives himself the Jigsaw name in particularity cringe inducing scene.

    “Billy is dead…Call me Jigsaw.” After looking at a jigsaw puzzle piece. Hopefully it was cut though.

    And again just look around and you’ll find photos of soldiers who were disfigured in the line of duty and are walking around fine, or as fine as can be expected. A scared face doesn’t = unbelievability.

  2. Like Two-Face was supposed to be Harvey Dent’s nickname behind his back?

    Anyway, I do feel there are a lot of other things about both of Nolan’s Batman films that are pretty unrealistic besides the man flying around in a bat suit, but yah, I do agree that he has made the most realistic Batman films so far with a good balance of realism and entertainment. If they were more realistic, a lot of the things essential to moving the plot forward would have never happened. So it’s as realistic as he can get without ruining the intended plot.

    It would be nice if Frank Castle would utilize smart tactics like McClane did in Die Hard in the Punisher movie. Like Mike’s point of something that happened in the comics where he didn’t simply go in and kill them all, he went in, and got them to come out (conveniently all out of one single door, good bottleneck) where he had weapons well suited for killing large numbers of people all set up and waiting for them. Things like that, or trying to split the groups up, maybe with a distraction or something, would also be a good idea.

    One thing that I do like is that instead of just a shirt with a skull on it like in previous films and in the comics, he’s actually wearing body armor. That does add a sense of realism to the character and the situation. And him getting advice and training from a real military person is also a good thing. Hopefully that’s not where it ends.

  3. @Vic

    I’ve been a fan of the character for years, and I don’t want the character to be in just another cliched action film.

    It’s kinda of like you and the direction The Green Hornet is going in.

  4. @Ken J

    He did where a vest in the last movie, it wasn’t full body armor because it was basically a suicide mission for him.

  5. He wore one of those discrete ones that are kevlar only. No ballistic plates or anything. They are really only good for handgun rounds. The one in this film looks like a plate carrier.

  6. The vest adds realism which is cool, but at the same time I just can’t get in to it. I think it looks terrible and I just leaves me a little sad. I liked just the short or maybe a vest under the shirt. I don’t know sometimes I get hung up on dumb little things.

  7. Well that was a fun read. Most people already know this stuff. My point was in films realism is cool and all, but sometimes I’m attracted to the way things looks even if it’s slightly less realistic. I didn’t need vest training 101 again.

  8. Oh, my mistake, here I thought all of the bitching has been about not enough realism. Oops.

  9. AHAHAHAHAHAHA! ^^ I think you’re beginning to see the nature of the problem, Ken, and the futility of arguing it.