Thomas Janes Returns to The Punisher

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Thomas Janes Returns to The Punisher

Frank Castle just wants to do his laundry, but the world has other ideas.

Fair warning: The video currently playing is horrific on multiple levels. Brutal, terrible things happen. It's a disturbing portrait of some of the worst that humanity has to offer. And it is violent, to the point that even I, a long-time fan of movie violence, thought, "Wow, this is violent." It is not pleasant. Consider yourself warned.

Still with me? Okay then! Behold #DirtyLaundry, an unofficial short film starring Thomas Jane, the actor who played Marvel's Baddest Man in the 2004 flick The Punisher. That's not to suggest that a new Punisher film is on the way, however; Jane just feels such an affinity for the character that he did this all for kicks.

"I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in - a love letter to Frank Castle and his fans," Jane said. "It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It's been a blast to be a part of from start to finish - we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it."

And yes, that guy in the wheelchair is none other than Ron Perlman, the ultra-cool actor better known as Hellboy, Vincent and the "war never changes" guy from Fallout. Thomas Jane is easily the most righteous Punisher ever (although the field is admittedly thin) but the inclusion of Perlman - especially embittered, helpless, "watch the world burn" Perlman - puts the awesome factor through the roof.

The payoff is a long time coming, but that's part of the appeal: The more nakedly atrocious the build-up, the more wantonly vicious the inevitable blow-up is bound to be. And boy, is it ever. I haven't seen a Marvel movie since X-Men 3, but if they want to bring back Mr. Jane as Mr. Castle, you better believe I'll be standing in line.

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I absolutely love Thomas Jane's version of the punisher, He sort of balances the grittyness without being too gritty and the cruelty without being too cruel.

I guess the best way to describe him is like the modern day equivalent of a "Wild West Lawman" (rather ironic since he played the main character in the game "Gun" for the PS2) He can be cruel, brutal, violent, and more Vengeful then "Just", but at the end of the day he's pretty much the only person who defends the weak and terrified from those who try to harm them.

God, a double-tap of Thomas-Jane-Punisher AND friggin Ron Pearlman?
I can't find my pants...

Those last couple minutes definitely were worth the long build-up, and when it happened it was a beautiful train of brutal action. Best part? Right at the beginning of it when he lets the paper bag fall off the bottle then gives it a little toss.

Right then and there, you know some thugs were about to get a much stronger taste of Jack Daniels than they liked.

He was amazing as Castle in the movie. I want to see a sequel so fuckin' bad. And the video game that was released alongside the movie was awesome as well. It was a movie licensed game, Thomas Jane voiced Frank, but the game was actually based on comic book version of the characters. And it's one of the best third person shooters I have ever played. I want a sequel to that as well.

This short film was simply amazing. I hope it will get enough attention to spawn a sequel to The Punisher. And don't even bother mentioning Punisher: War Zone.

Great short, but I have a problem, I don't think that the comic book punisher would have stood by and done his laundry while a woman and child were beaten by drug dealers and thugs. Other than that I thought the delivery was amazing.

so good, so good. bring him back in a punisher movie.

God DAMN that was brutal. I like.

The 2004 Punisher movie might not have been received particularly well, but I rather enjoyed it. Would have much preferred a sequel to it rather than the reboot Lionsgate did with Punisher Warzone.

Punisher Warzone is my second favorite comic movie behind Dark Knight. It nailed the feel of Punisher Max and Welcome Back Frank.

Thomas Jane felt like "Civil War" Punisher. He did not even feel like The Punisher until the very end. It also felt like the loss of his family created his issues as opposed to it just allowing his brutal nature to come to the forefront.

Thomas Jane did not feel like the same guy who went through "Born"

For some reason I really didn't care much for Thom Jane's Punisher movie. (I can't quit you Dolph Lungren, even if you didn't wear the skull) and I would have to rewatch the Ray Stevenson one to remember anything about it, other than the excessively awesome violence..

Punisher: War Zone sucked terribly. I understand what they were trying to do, bringing the Punisher Max comics to life, but the violence was too cartoony, the way everything was shot just seemed like a joke. This short film accomplished in ten minutes what that film couldn't in what an hour and a half, two hours? The 2004 version was good but lacked the gritty appeal we were all hoping for from Frank Castle, Tom Jane did excellent as the character though and I really had hoped that they would continue from there into Castle's war on crime, one bullet at a time (that shouldn't have rhymed). I really hope that enough applause is generated from this that they'll seriously consider bringing Thomas Jane and The Punisher back for another go at the series because I love the goddamn Punisher.

That video was epic. Words cannot express how happy I would be if Thomas Jane did another Punisher movie.

I really feel like watching The Punisher now. I might go and dig it out and watch it.

That was well done despite I find it abit questionable at time (why the hell would that kid walked through during that unless he really think they won't notice him which fail) and I would of thought Frank would of taken action sooner.
Also man I do not know the whiskey bottle was that strong (I'm not a drinker). Also he's pretty danm strong to break their bones that easily.

Yeah, I actually liked Jane's Punisher movie. And I'm usually one of those boring dudes who generally agrees with the critics. But it was a good movie. I loved the two awkward dudes who lived in the buildings, and the cooking scene was fantastic. So over-the-top. Action scenes usually bore me because they are so obviously choreographed, but that one had me laughing, grimacing, and glued to the screen.

Is - is that how limbs work?

I don't think that's how limbs work.

Or whiskey, for that matter.

Scarim Coral:
That was well done despite I find it abit questionable at time (why the hell would that kid walked through during that unless he really think they won't notice him which fail) and I would of thought Frank would of taken action sooner.
Also man I do not know the whiskey bottle was that strong (I'm not a drinker). Also he's pretty danm strong to break their bones that easily.

Whiskey's also not alcoholic enough to burn, but WHO CARES?! It was just some way of showing how Punisher could still be done.

Personally I liked both versions. Thomas Jane's version was more grounded, while Ray Stevenson's version was all about the comic and ultraviolence. There's a happy medium there somewhere, which I think is partially shown with that video. Grounded in reality, with just enough reality taken out of it to be more fun.

Scarim Coral:
That was well done despite I find it abit questionable at time (why the hell would that kid walked through during that unless he really think they won't notice him which fail) and I would of thought Frank would of taken action sooner.
Also man I do not know the whiskey bottle was that strong (I'm not a drinker). Also he's pretty danm strong to break their bones that easily.

I suppose black ops training and being a superhero at the same time has it's perks.

I liked the 04 Punisher more but the last one had the right style/look just was dumb with the sound on.

That was great. I always like Jane as Frank better than the other two actors.

A Punisher fan film without studio interference is better than the THREE Hollywood attempts?

Geez.

Tom Jane is great in this.

But I would like to say, I'm getting a different vibe from his "reluctance" to help the victims than others. Basically, I see people going "he would have stepped in sooner" or "The Punisher wouldn't let that happen"... but I get the impression this whole thing is his RETURN to being "The Punisher".

From the start of it, he looks like he's trying to adjust to a normal life. No Punisher motif. No guns with him. He's doing laundry. His time is over. The world is screwed up, so why bother. When he tells Ron Pearlman he's been "6 months sober", I get the feeling that's how long he's been without "The Punisher" part of him driving him. He's "coping" with it, trying to resist it...

... But it's too much. The wicked around him is too great and too strong. He "falls of the wagon" and buys his drink; he's not going to be "sober" about this anymore. So he goes right back into the role he never wanted but knows he must embrace; to punish the wicked.

He tried to ignore it. Tried to let the world just do its thing without him. Even the gas station guy says it's futile, not worth trying. And I bet Frank agreed with him... until he decides enough is enough. Throw self-preservation to the wind; buy a bottle of Jack and have at it.

That feels like The Punisher to me. Not just a vigilante, not just a man who fights crime but is more brutal than Batman. Punisher is a man struggling with his own feelings of guilt, remorse, anger, and justice.

"Do you know what the difference is between justice and punishment?"

In regards to this fan film, Tom Jane's brand of PUNISHMENT does JUSTICE to the character.

People are obviously entitled to their opinions and I am not here to insult anyone for them but, do you guys just like Thomas Jane as Punisher, visually? Do you like his version of Punisher as opposed to the comic version?

I can understand feeling that Warzone was shitty as a movie. Makes perfect sense, but when you have one guy who falls into a deep friendship with a group of misfits in his apartment building and then has to gradually get to the point where he can kill and torture and then have a guy who kills those he deems as evil without remorse, lives in a sewer and yet has a moral code that makes him feel responsible for the family of an undercover Agent that he accidentally kills; you are dealing with two different characters.

One of those characters has very little to do with the twisted Vietnam vet in the comics. I spent the whole movie waiting for this guy to become the Punisher while he improved all of these people's lives in a very after school special manner.

Do all gangsters have Vrolik Syndrome?
And he never DID explain the difference.

Punisher Warzone was a joke on the Punisher and his fans. Thomas Jane gives the Punisher heart... A cold black heart and that is what makes it great.

The Thomas Jane Punisher was by far the absolute best one. The movie was far superior to all others as well. I would see another Thomas Jane Punisher movie without hesitation. I can't watch any other movies with him in without expecting him to be all dark and broody ready to kill someone. Every time I see Steven King's The Mist, I imagine how bad it would go for those beasts if he was the Punisher.

creamy5000:
Punisher Warzone was a joke on the Punisher and his fans. Thomas Jane gives the Punisher heart... A cold black heart and that is what makes it great.

That movie was a travesty. But I notice that whenever they do a movie based on the Marvel Knights version of a character, it's horrible. The second Ghost Rider film was a Knights version and it was way worse than the first one, and the first one wasn't a good movie.

His 10 minute clip was more like the comic books than all the movies put together. Although I didn't particularly like Jane's movie all too much, being a frequent reader of the character, I would have to say that he understands. He gets how Frank Castle is.

Baresark:
The Thomas Jane Punisher was by far the absolute best one.

Though the movie was better, the way they did the story bothered me since I read all the comics. Personally, as far as looks go, I think Ray Stevenson is the better Punisher.

I think he looks the part better. Tom Jane comes off as too...pretty?

Thomas Jane is a very sexy man, but I think he pulls off the "look" of the Punisher very well. YMMV. But with the number of different artists who have worked on the character over the years, I don't think there's an overly specific visual identity attached to it. Big, dark hair, scowls a lot, likes black. Beyond that, there's plenty of room for interpretation.

And no, limbs don't work like that and whiskey doesn't work like that, but as someone else pointed out, so what? This is comic book violence. And it's awesome!

Waaghpowa:
His 10 minute clip was more like the comic books than all the movies put together. Although I didn't particularly like Jane's movie all too much, being a frequent reader of the character, I would have to say that he understands. He gets how Frank Castle is.

Baresark:
The Thomas Jane Punisher was by far the absolute best one.

Though the movie was better, the way they did the story bothered me since I read all the comics. Personally, as far as looks go, I think Ray Stevenson is the better Punisher.

I think he looks the part better. Tom Jane comes off as too...pretty?

I think they both look the part excellently. The main difference is that the Ray Stevenson version was way darker. Both have the very similar bone structures in their face, but I think that Thomas Jane fit the part physically a little better.

The Ray Stevenson Punisher movie was horrible. I wanted so bad to love that movie, but it was just not possible. The Thomas Jane movie was based on the run by Garth Ennis, which I think he handled the best in recent memory as far as the writing was concerned. I also feel that Ray Stevenson's Punisher could have been better if the movie writing wasn't absolute crap.

Baresark:
The Thomas Jane movie was based on the run by Garth Ennis, which I think he handled the best in recent memory as far as the writing was concerned. I also feel that Ray Stevenson's Punisher could have been better if the movie writing wasn't absolute crap.

Actually both movies were based on Ennis' work. Specifically the Jane one was based on "Welcome back Frank" reboot after that heaven punisher debacle. A good chunk of Warzone was Punisher Max villians, which Garth Ennis wrote the majority of. In fact, I think all of villains from Punisher Max written by Ennis were in the movie. Specifically volumes 1-6.

I do agree that Warzone writting was pretty bad.

Waaghpowa:

Baresark:
The Thomas Jane movie was based on the run by Garth Ennis, which I think he handled the best in recent memory as far as the writing was concerned. I also feel that Ray Stevenson's Punisher could have been better if the movie writing wasn't absolute crap.

Actually both movies were based on Ennis' work. Specifically the Jane one was based on "Welcome back Frank" reboot after that heaven punisher debacle. A good chunk of Warzone was Punisher Max villians, which Garth Ennis wrote the majority of. In fact, I think all of villains from Punisher Max written by Ennis were in the movie. Specifically volumes 1-6.

I do agree that Warzone writting was pretty bad.

Oh god.. that Punisher getting angelic powers was the dumbest thing I have ever read. It was just a really bad idea. Of all the ways to evolve the character, I don't think there could have been a worse idea.

I didn't realize he did the Max stuff as well. I guess I just have a tendency to avoid the non continuity stuff. Part of my love of comics was always the fact that the entire universe was on one continuum. I tried the various Max/Knights books, but they were just endless strings of violence with not a whole lot of story to tell in the interim, at least in my little experience. You clearly have more experience with them than I do, so I digress. Either way, I think a return to movies that were like the 2004 Punisher would be awesome.

I'm torn inbetween saying:
Thomas Jane as the punisher again, I must be dreaming.
And
Thomas Jane was the best live-action punisher, period.

That was fantastic, It's great to see him in the roll again, even if just for ten minutes. I'd be really happy if this somehow got hyped enough to get him into another Punisher movie. Regardless though, still happy to get even this.

Baresark:
I didn't realize he did the Max stuff as well. I guess I just have a tendency to avoid the non continuity stuff. Part of my love of comics was always the fact that the entire universe was on one continuum. I tried the various Max/Knights books, but they were just endless strings of violence with not a whole lot of story to tell in the interim, at least in my little experience. You clearly have more experience with them than I do, so I digress. Either way, I think a return to movies that were like the 2004 Punisher would be awesome.

I liked the Max stuff because it was fairly grounded in reality to a certain degree. It was kind of like a "What if he was real" series. He dealt with the mob a lot and even killed off sex traffickers who would kidnap woman from their home country.

Warzone had characters, scenes and partial story arcs in it.

Excuse the poor photo quality, I took pictures of the pages from my books.

Waaghpowa:

Baresark:
I didn't realize he did the Max stuff as well. I guess I just have a tendency to avoid the non continuity stuff. Part of my love of comics was always the fact that the entire universe was on one continuum. I tried the various Max/Knights books, but they were just endless strings of violence with not a whole lot of story to tell in the interim, at least in my little experience. You clearly have more experience with them than I do, so I digress. Either way, I think a return to movies that were like the 2004 Punisher would be awesome.

I liked the Max stuff because it was fairly grounded in reality to a certain degree. It was kind of like a "What if he was real" series. He dealt with the mob a lot and even killed off sex traffickers who would kidnap woman from their home country.

Warzone had characters, scenes and partial story arcs in it.

Excuse the poor photo quality, I took pictures of the pages from my books.

Yes. I do remember that. One miniseries I thoroughly enjoyed was Baracuda, which was an offshoot of the Max Punisher. Not too sure on the specifics, but it was a fun read.

Wow...

goddamn

lacktheknack:
Is - is that how limbs work?

I don't think that's how limbs work.

Or whiskey, for that matter.

I'm not sure, but I think I remember whiskey burns blue... Not that I'm complaining. Also, yes, you can get limbs to do that, but no, they don't work afterwards.

Andy Chalk:
Thomas Jane is a very sexy man, but I think he pulls off the "look" of the Punisher very well. YMMV. But with the number of different artists who have worked on the character over the years, I don't think there's an overly specific visual identity attached to it. Big, dark hair, scowls a lot, likes black. Beyond that, there's plenty of room for interpretation.

And no, limbs don't work like that and whiskey doesn't work like that, but as someone else pointed out, so what? This is comic book violence. And it's awesome!

Ironically, he is pretty spot on to the Steve Dillon version, which is fitting given the 2004 film was loosely based on Welcome Home Frank.

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