Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tom Hardy as The Punisher?

Some characters from comic books just don't sell well on the big screen. Even if they are awesome, two hours may not be enough to build a fan base that makes Hollywood happy, The Punisher is one of those characters. Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson have all worn the skull t-shirt to give Frank Castle his proper portrayal. Unfortunately, it was never enough to sell on the big screen.

From official site.


Tom Hardy is the latest actor to say he wanted to play the iconic vigilante. In a recent interview he said that characters name first when asked what he was looking to do next after Mad Max:Fury Road. Hardy can definitely pull it off, he is admittedly smaller than most to play Castle, but Hollywood can take care of that. Don't forget he did play Bane in The Dark Knight Returns.

Photo: Lions Gate film


Thomas Jane has probably been the most passionate about playing The Punisher. Long after the film he did with JohnTravolta, he did a short film called Dirty Laundry that had fans wanting more. It was better than the Hollywood produced film he was in. Either way, if Hardy does not get the role, Jane most likely will if fans get what they want.

What they may want is a +Netflix series for The Punisher. After the success of Daredevil, it might not be a bad idea. Crossing over comic book characters on TV is working well for DC comics and Arrow, if Marvel wants to do the same on Netflix it may be worth it for both fans and studio executives.

Lets hope they throw us a season. If you're not sold on Jane as The Punisher, check out Dirty Laundry below:


Tom Hardy Would Like to Play The Punisher | Collider