The Italian movie site Comicus.it checked in with 'Punisher War Zone' helmer Lexi Alexander.
The director said that she looked to online fan comments for guidance early on. Specifically she read up on what fans thought went wrong with the 2004 film 'The Punisher' so she could steer clear of those pitfalls with her new movie.
"The great thing about a reboot is, you can learn from the past if you care enough. I obviously watched the previous version, but I didn't critique it and just crossed my fingers that I can do it better," Alexander said. "I spent weeks on the computer, reading reviews and fan reactions about it. It was pretty damn clear what the fans liked and didn't like about it. I basically had a road map for this reboot written by proper Punisher fans and the headline was: 'Don’t go to Tampa!'"
Alexander is also a champion martial artist. Comicus asked her how that colored her depiction of action and violence in the movie.
"As for how it affected 'Punisher: War Zone', I'm not sure it did. There is a lot of brutal fighting, but it's rather ugly and less acrobatic. I guess the best advantage 'Punisher: War Zone' had from my Martial Arts career was having two former World Champions, Pat Johnson and Jean Frenette in charge of the action and although I am sure they are always professional, I know they went more than the extra mile for me on 'Punisher: War Zone' because I'm a fellow Martial Artist," Alexander said.
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