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So this is what, 0 For 3?

With such amazing looking comic movies hitting in the near future, between The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Hellboy II and The Dark Knight, some are bound to be crap, right?

Unfortunately for Marvel, it looks like the busted wheel of the awesome comic movie party van is this fall’s Punisher: War Zone.

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It was bad enough when they revealed the first photo from the movie (seen above) with the main character looking like Steven Segal while proving that he doesn’t know how to hold a gun correctly (check it, he’s holding the magazine, instead of the handle on the frot of the rifle)…

Then this story appears on Cinematical today…

Screenwriter Takes Name Off Punisher: War Zone, Cites Difference in Vision

Yikes, nothing worse than when a writer decides to go Alan Smithee on a flick.

Why does Kurt Sutter (a writer responsible for, amongst other projects, a handful of episodes of The Shield) want his name removed?  His reasoning bites a bit deep.

Here’s what he had to say:

“My pitch, my vision, for the Punisher franchise was something much different. I tried to rip Frank Castle from the comic book world and place him in the real streets of NYC. Castle is the only superhero without powers. He’s a tortured, highly skilled soldier with a really bad anger problem. I always felt we should see Frank in some place uber-real and gritty. I threw away the first draft written by Nick Santora and did a page one rewrite. I changed the locations, the characters, the story. I dropped Frank in a real New York City with real villians, real cops, real relationships. To me, the Punisher deserved more than the usual comic book redress. It shouldn’t just follow the feature superhero formula. Apparently, I was the only one who shared that vision.”

Yikes!  I mean…this can’t be worse than the 2004 movie with Travolta eating up scenery like it was covered in delicious ranch dressing, can it?

3 Comments

  1. Tom Stanley Tom Stanley February 16, 2008

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Stanley

  2. Rosie Rosie February 16, 2008

    Didn’t they already do a Hulk movie? And wasn’t it entirely forgettable? The only one I am looking forward to is Dark Knight.

  3. Marty Day Marty Day February 18, 2008

    You’re correct on all accounts, Rosie!

    What makes the new one this summer stand out, however, is 2 things…

    1. Ed Norton’s in the main role

    2. It’s ignoring the existance of the first, very flawed film.

    I can’t see Norton doing a bad movie…like, ever, and considering his experience playing split personalities, I think he’ll be perfect as Bruce Banner. As for the rest, we’ll have to see.

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