I don't understand most of these people on the net who claim to be Punisher fans and they say they were not happy with Punisher: War Zone. "Oh this was wrong, this was wrong, blah blah blah, the directing sucked, the cast was no good" and all I wanna say to alot of them is: "Then you aren't really a Punisher fan. If you've read the MAX series, then you'd know the movie stayed as accurate as possible to the source. (Except of course, making Frank a Special Forces instructor instead of a Vietnam Vet, which is understandable, to make him younger for our times.) You're never gonna find a more believable Frank Castle than Ray Stevenson, I mean, the guy played Frank perfectly.
Then there are people bitching about Lonny Bin Jim. "Why was he even in the movie? I hated his character in the comics." First off, I laughed at this comment because this guy claimed to be a "huge punisher collecter and fan" but didn't even know that LBJ WAS NEVER IN THE COMICS! He was created for the movie. So was that guy just full of shit or what?
The thing is, Punisher:War Zone banked in only about 10 million worldwide in the box office, which we all know is not good. And I'm sure I'm not the only one here who really wanted this movie to do well. (Sequels!! Next villian up to bat, BARRACUDA! Played by...Tommy Tiny Lister maybe?) Lionsgate is partially to blame I suppose. They did nothing to correct all the bad rumors about the script being really bad in the beginning of PWZ's public announcement. (And for all the people bitching about "Tom Jane getting kicked from Punisher 2" please shut up! He wasn't kicked, he quit and said he didn't want to do it. Because the only reason he isn't The Punisher anymore is because he DIDN'T WANT TO BE.
Sorry. This is a bit of a rant. But I truly hope that Punisher: War Zone sees a sequel, because I think it deserves one. Ray Stevenson has expressed desire to play Frank again, so we have oppurtunity here to make this happen! I want my goddamn Punisher film trilogy! :p
If any of you find any info on this, don't hesitate to post it up here. For now, here is a recent interview done with Ray Stevenson.http://www.superheroflix.com/news/NEtCzxwyKu4zxt