I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. 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. -Thomas Janes
Thomas Jane played Frank Castle, better known by The Punisher, back in 2004. Reviews were poor and the box office was a modest $55 million. Yet, I remember the debate back eight years ago. I remember fanboys arguing. Some said for an R-rated Punisher film, the violence was too light. Jane’s Frank Castle was too, if not kind, compassionate. Others said that they saw a film that was good, considering it was only given a $33 million budget (which according to the director only $13.5 million actually went towards the shooting) with a very short 52 days to film.
I haven’t watched the film since it was released back in ’04, but I remembered thinking Jane did a fine job as Castle, but the movie lacked severely everywhere else. I remembering thinking that there could have been a good film there somewhere had they had the resources, a more polished script, and someone other than John Travolta as the villain.
According to Film School Rejects, Marvel has had the rights back to the character since 2011. In this short film titled Dirty Laundry that was screened at Comic Con 2012, Jane once again reprises the role of Frank Castle. Could this be his cover letter expressing his interest to Marvel? All I know is that they get bonus points for having Ron Perlman – and it certainly lives up to the “needs more violence” standard that fans complained about.
I think most comic book fans would love to see Marvel take another stab at this character. Would it make sense for Marvel to bring Thomas Jane back? On the bright side, they already have their origin story with the 2004 film. On the negative side, it will always be associated with the 2004 film, if they choose not to reboot it completely.
Check out Jane’s 10 minute film below. Then let us know what you think: do you want to see Jane as Castle again? Or should Marvel go in another direction?