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Your newsbits and pieces for December 4th, 2008

By Rob M. Worley     December 04, 2008
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The internet has been declared a 'Punisher War Zone' with the movie opening this weekend. That's not going to stop 'Watchmen' or 'Wolverine and the X-Men' from trying to steal its thunder. Here's your Comics2Film round up for December 4th, 2008.

Ray Stevenson on THE PUNISHER

Ray Stevenson, star of the new movie 'Punisher War Zone' sat down with Mania's own Rob Vaux for an exclusive 1 on 1 interview. Here's an exceprt:

You just use the weapons like it's second nature. You didn't want it to feel stylized or gung ho. Frank Castle is the weapon and the guns are just tools, just extensions of him. That needed to come through. Someone asked me if Frank had a favorite gun. I said, "Yeah, the one that was loaded and pointed at the enemy."

The movie opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow.


The actor also dropped by CBR and chatted them up in this video interview:



Variety posted their review of 'Punisher War Zone':

Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, was last seen in 2004 unleashing his inner homicidal maniac on the mobsters who killed his wife and children. In the latest installment, "Punisher: War Zone," Frank is played by Ray Stevenson, taking over for the original's Thomas Jane, but he remains divinely ticked off: "Sometime, I'd like to get my hands on God," he mutters, still unafraid to take matters to the top. Gore-drenched actioner is guaranteed to draw fans of wretched excess like moths to a nuclear holocaust.


'WOLVERINE &  THE X-MEN', New pics and a second season

Nicktoons Network has provided Marvel Animation Age with new images from 'Wolverine & The X-Men'.

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

Marvel Animation Age also reports that work is underway on a second season for the show.

Marvel Animation and Singapore-based Toonz Entertainment Pte Ltd have given an early green light to a second season of the animated television series, Wolverine and the X-Men. This on the heels of an overwhelming response at MIPCOM and the launch of Season 1 in Latin America, Canada, and Italy, the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series is set to continue its uncanny success as it expands to other international territories including the U.K. on BBC and the U.S. in January 2009 through the Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation channel. The action, adventure and drama will continue with 26 more half-hour episodes already in preproduction.

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

WATCHMEN running time cut

Zack and Deborah Snyder told SCI FI Wire that the current cut for 'Watchmen' is at 2 hours and 25 minutes.

"The movie's pretty long ... compared to '300', which was an hour and 58 minutes. The director's cut [of Watchmen] is about three hours and 10 minutes long. It has even more than the theatrical version, as far as the detail that gets even closer to the graphic novel."

Snyder also said that, while the 'Tales of the Black Freighter' animated movie will be released on DVD simultaneous to the film's release, he also hopes to integrate the footage into the DVD release of 'Watchmen' to create a 3 hour, 40 minute film.

"So there's a huge epic version of Watchmen, which will probably come out after the movie's theatrical release, for hardcore [fans]."

Watchmen opens March 6, 2009.


'WATCHMEN' soundtrack website

Fans awaiting the release of the 'Watchmen' film score can visit and sign up for updates. The soundtrack is due out February 24th

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


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monkeyfoot 12/4/2008 7:33:07 AM

I have to laugh at the related items google decided to associate with the text in this article: the sets of Wolverine brand sunglasses and the clip from a early 90's TV action movie called Wolverine with Antonio Sabato Jr.

What no University of Michigan Wolverines parephenalia? They do wear maize and blue like Logan's old costume.

JBBUC 12/4/2008 11:24:00 AM

WOW! That Variety review of Punisher was BRUTAL! I can't decide if I want to skip it all together, of if I want to see a train wreck first hand. I don't remember ever reading a review of a comic based movie that absolutely shredded the film the way this one does. Talk about carnage...

silversurfer 12/4/2008 12:25:58 PM

WOW....that review of The Punisher is very bad....I refuse to believe that the movie stinks that much. True, we expect Frank Castle to be Frank Castle, but that review is just horrible. It's not for the least that's what the review is saying? 

Wiseguy 12/4/2008 2:04:07 PM

Stevenson looks so much more like the Punisher than the previous 2 it isn't funny. I don't care about the bad reviews this is the Punisher based on Ennis' work. The guy cut someguy's stomach open and pulled out his intestines, it's supposed to be extremely bloody violent. If you want something else go see TDK again.

BlindJustice 12/4/2008 6:35:16 PM

I don't like to read the reviews myself. For one thing they give out spoilers and I like to be surprised at what happens in a movie. Plus they are speaking their oppinion, maybe they had a bad day, don't like that style of film or actor/director/studio and will bash even a good film just for spite. I will be there to find out for myself and if it stinks then I won't get the DVD, if it rocks I'll get the special addition.



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