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Comics2Film: PUNISHER, DARK KNIGHT and tons more

Your mass o comic book movie news for 12/5

By Rob M. Worley     December 05, 2008

Ray Stevenson in PUNISHER WAR ZONE (slideshow)
© Lionsgate

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 in the 'WAR ZONE'

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)



'THE DARK KNIGHT' returns to theaters January 23rd

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.


Speaking of Oscars...

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!

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.

Hans Zimmer's notes on the Joker

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.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.

OPINION: Adam West a better Batman than Bale?

Heresy, you say! Empire Magazine's Ian Freer makes his case...

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

'BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD' new images and a new episode tonight!

The World's Finest has received two new images from an upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.


'THE SPIRIT' throws a party

Empire has red-carpet photos from 'The Spirit' launch party in London.

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

'SIN CITY 2' close, says Miller and Rourke

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."

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the both submissions.

New 'WONDER WOMAN' artwork

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.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.

MCR's 'WATCHMEN' song "integral" to the film

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.

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the both submissions.


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Freethinker 12/5/2008 12:18:23 PM

I didn't think Dark Knight was that great. What I was impressed about it was the Joker,Two-face,Jim Gordon,the action scenes,and the music. Heath Ledger's performance is memorable,funny, and fun to watch. This version of Two-face is more believable. Aaron Eckhart showed that Harvey was this disturbed former district attorney who is in a lot of pain. Gary Oldman was more convincing this time as a tough and clever cop. The action scenes are more intense and the way Batman fights against thugs shows that. The music is more dramatic and is good to hear. I actually think the Batbod was kind of awesome. My issues with the movie is the Scarecrow, the Batsuit,Rachel Dawes, and Two-Face's death scene. The Scarecrow still didn't impress me as this master of fear. He wasn't much of challenge to hurt Batman. The Batsuit in a way reminds me of Val Kilmer and George Clooney. The Rachael Dawes character looked lifeless and not very interesting to watch. I really don't understand why in almost in every Batman movie a villian is killed, after falling down to the point of death. It's not too original. At least in my opinion it's better than Batman Begins.  That's why I have mixed feelings about the movie. I also think it's highly overrated by too many people. I am dissapointed in the media for not looking into these issues. I am shocked that this movie is being considered for the Oscars, esepcially for best film and director according to the Associated Press. No matter what the final results maybe, I will always mixed feelings about this movie. I am not trying to be a wise guy.

SONYMANswallows 12/5/2008 7:43:49 PM

How does 4 Christmas' make that money or even worse how does Reese's Pieces make the money she does? The movie should have been called Christmas woth the metrosexuals. With Favreau's directing skills you would think he would write a better movie. Hell how about Ralphie's kids?  But it will beat Punisher in the zone. (sorry bad pun).


THE DARK KNIGHT was a ood movie that still was a taf rank at parts. Two face was wasted and that scene with Rachel and Harvey about to die was as painful to watch as Frank castle's family getting killed by Travolta's performance in 2004.

It does deserve the Oscar for Heath even though I would prefer a more chemical Joker then a open ended origin Joker.

And I liked the costume but the sonar was cool however not realistic like Nolan wanted. I think if anything Tiny Zeus Lister deserves some recognition for his 3 minutes of screen time--it was a great display of range and somewhat unexpected. Also Gary Oldman deserved a nomination for BATMAN BEGINS and some recognition for not killing that cop who said "lock and load". I kept on waiting for Schwarzenegger to come in and say freeze it was so bad. Anthony Michael Hall was a waste.

I recomend the kiler in CHANGELING to replace Heath and Joker use ScareCrow to create some fear toxin like in the hotel commercials for Comfort Inn I think-that pissed me off cause it wasnt in the movie.

And trashing the Tumbler aka Batmobile was another bad choice. He could have sent it out  on autopilot  while using the BAT POD.

There is no way the Joker would have been able to fight Batman that well at the end even with the sonar not working to Batman's advantage. 


I was so glad the guy in hockey bads got offed. It was a waste of screen time.

And what was the gas that came out when Joker put the thing In the bank manager's mouth? If that is in a 3 hour DVD cut I will be pissed that it did not make theater cut.

An R rating could have made the film better and would not have hurt box office numbers.  I still liked the movie and dont consider my complaints trivial but rather an appeal to sell tickets to the Twilight crowd.



Wiseguy 12/6/2008 10:02:01 AM

I don't think this movie was that good by any means. I liked it but it definitely is overrated. I'll maintain til the day I die that most of the hype was due to Ledger's death and that rumor that was out there that it was playing the Joker that was driving him BATty, pun intended, prior to his death.

Bottom line I think is that money talks, the film is second all time (not adjusted for inflation of course) so that alone will garner it some votes, not to mention the pity votes for Ledger.

SONYMANswallows 12/6/2008 7:35:16 PM



better than the piss poor spiderpig movies and Pigformers. Good on a Evil Dead level. Now I went to a 630 show in chicago on the Northside and there were only 70 people. It is on 2 screens but the entire complex was kind of empty. I laughed and didnt cringe.


My only issue was wasting MicroChip like Two face. Maybe the next one can take place before this issue and bring him back cause he deserved more screen time. He had a great arsenal for Frank but no special gadgets like the security snake that crushes people or a van. But it was a fun time. The worse thing I saw today was the trailer for Star Trek:Smallville. The CGI was rank and models were not used. The costumes belong in high school musical and not a good sci fi film.. JJ Abrams is a over rated douche ba who needs to stick with TV except MI 3 was good but Cloverfield was awfulas Smallville Trek be.

muchdrama1 12/7/2008 7:29:36 AM

Yeah, I didn't think Dark Knight was that great of a movie, either.

LOL! I can't keep a straight face. Anyone who thinks Dark Knight wasn't one of the best movies of the past decade (nevermind superhero movie) is a complete tool.

And I have no interest in seeing Frank Castle dangle upside down from chandeliers spinning around while wielding uzis. This isn't the Matrix.



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