Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ray Stevenson Wants Punisher 2

There have been three different Punisher films over the years, each with a different actor and a different take on the Punisher storyline.

1989, "The Punisher" came out starring Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle. Then in 2004, the film was remade as "The Punisher" starring Thomas Jane as Frank Castle. The newest reboot of the Punisher franchise is "Punisher: War Zone," starring Ray Stevenson as the merciless version of Frank Castle.

Stevenson hopes to make a sequel to "War Zone" and to return as the kill first, ask never Punisher.

According to MTV News, "At one point, star Ray Stevenson looks at one of these poor, dying schlubs and remarks: 'This is just the beginning.'

Stevenson revealed to us that he put the line in there as a wink to the fans, hoping to say two things: He’s the only Frank Castle from now on, and he’ll be back.

'I snuck that in,' the actor laughed, talking about a moment you can see for yourself in 'War Zone' now that it’s in theaters. 'It kind of worked [during that killing], like ‘This is just the beginning of your hell,’ but at the time something in me was just feeling ‘Let’s be bold enough to make a statement.’'

[I wanted to] be bold enough to say ‘We’ve gone right down to the grassroots to show the Punisher,’ and [the fans] are all aware that if this works, if it’s successful, there will be sequels to this…This is just the beginning, and to the people who respond to it, there will be more if they want more.'"

In the past films, Punisher had to face crime lords and mafia bosses. In "War Zone," Punisher must deal with a nemesis taken straight from the comics, Jigsaw. If there are sequels, hopefully more enemies from the comics will come forth for the Punisher to face.

“We dispatched a few, but there are some other great ones,” Stevenson said in his MTV interview about other comic-book villains for Punisher.. “Some of the great stories that are in [the Punisher comics], there is one about the Slavers — the prostitution rings, and bringing women over from Europe. There is also Barracuda, who is almost as mean and ornery as Frank. Some are more real, or more tangible than others, while some of them are larger-than-life like Jigsaw, but there are plenty [of stories to tell]. What I love is the depth that [writer] Garth Ennis gets to; he doesn’t do broad brush strokes, he really gets in there. These villains have a real motivation, a real determination that must be stopped, and you get to play off of it. That should be fun.”

Would you like to see Ray Stevenson return as the Punisher? Would you like more villains from the comics?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
EDIT: Post #200. Wow....

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