We've got a ton of snippets and news bites mined from the shadowy depths of the interwebs and forged into a shimmering alloy of extra-Comics2Filmic strength!
Mania's field reporter Rob Vaux talks with director Lexi Alexander about the comic book inspirations for the film.
"I wasn't familiar with the comic book at all when I got the script. And I have to say that getting the script--which was then called 'Punisher II'--didn't exactly have me jumping out of my chair...Marvel had sent me two big boxes full of comics. I read them all in a single weekend and thought, "Why didn't I read comic books before?" I studied them very hard, and I also listened to what the fans didn't like about previous versions, what they were expecting, and what they wanted to see. I got in touch with a lot of fanboys, and I think the only person who became more obsessive than me about the Punisher was Ray Stevenson. In the end, he was telling me things like, 'Oh this is in issue #77,' or 'Why don't we use this line on page four in the MAX series #8.5?'"
And, Rob turns in his review of the movie.
For all its flaws, Punisher: War Zone will definitely make fans of the character happy. Grade: C+
Variety takes a look at this weekend's box office battle. Their prediction?
'Punisher: War Zone' is in for a brutal knife fight with current #1 pic 'Four Christmases'. Will the sentimental holiday movie have staying power? Or will mayhem-loving moviegoers enter the War Zone? Let's hope the new movie at least tops the 2004 predecessor, which only scored $13.8 million in its first weekend.
Ray Stevenson talks PUNISHER
First at Reelz.Channel...
...and then at CBR...
The Hollywood Reporter
As punishing for the audience as it is for the bad guys
2 stars out of 5
While it may be an awful movie in many ways, Punisher: War Zone is also awfully fun (and funny, albeit not always intentionally). This is the ideal movie for those who want to laugh their asses off at all the ludicrously violent ways a hero can kill a bad guy.
Ain't It Cool
And I love the shit out of it. Like I said, it’s not good. But it’s fun, it’s gory and often times it is quite inventive. It never gets boring and it’s never so bad it hurts.
Rotten Tomatoes - Current Score: 13% (out of 100)
Variety reports that Warner Bros is set to re-release 'The Dark Knight' into theaters nationwide on January 23rd.
Dan Fellman, president of Warner's domestic distribution, told Variety, "We wanted to provide one more opportunity for moviegoers to experience it on the bigscreen as it was meant to be seen."
However, we all know the real reason is to push the film over the $1 billion gross mark and remind Oscar voters that the movie is awesome.
The film comes out on DVD next week.
The Associated Press takes a look at 'The Dark Knight''s chances for garnering one of the key Academy Award nominations. We're not talking about one of the technical awards, or sound design. We're talking about categories like "Best Film", "Best Director" and "Best Supporting Actor". Look how far the Comics2Film movement has come!
The Envelope blog at L.A. Times takes a look behind the curtain Hans Zimmer's process for making music befitting 'The Dark Knight's dark villain.
Heresy, you say! Empire Magazine's Ian Freer makes his case...
The World's Finest has received two new images from an upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode.
Empire has red-carpet photos from 'The Spirit' launch party in London.
Fran Miller and Mickey Rourke have separately indicated that 'Sin City 2' may be closer than we think.
Miller, who is out promoting 'The Spirit', told IGN that the script for the follow up is written.
"It's mainly a matter of working out the details of the production. I'm hoping to do it with Robert Rodriguez again in the same circumstances that we did the first one, and we could be shooting as soon as April," Miller said.
At a party for Fox Searchlight promoting his new film 'The Wrestler', actor Mickey Rourke (who plays Marv in the franchise) also said things are looking good.
"Frank’s ready," Rourke told MTV's Kurt Loder. "And I’m ready, too."
The World's Finest has obtained the hi-res cover art for the Blu-ray and Two-Disc Special Edition release of the Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated feature.
MTV spoke with comics creator and frontman for My Chemical Romance about the band's contribution to the upcoming 'Watchmen' movie, their cover of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row".
"I don’t want to say too much but as far as the placement right now, it’s integral to the ending of the film," said Way. "And that gave me goose bumps, and not because we did the song, but because it works that well I feel. I’ve seen the part that we’re integral to — we’re talking about the very end."
Way also talks with the Music channel about the controversial change to the story's ending.