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Could Tom Hardy make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the street vigilante known as the Punisher?
The actor recently told Collider that he is eager for his next comic role to be Frank Castle, the street-level hero from the Marvel Universe.
"I want the Punisher," he said. "I want the Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something… I don't know what I want."
Hardy then joked: "I'm not big enough to be the Punisher, I'm 5'9!"
The future of the Punisher within the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the subject of much speculation over the last few years. »
After three The Punisher adaptations that failed to make any significant dent at the box office, Marvel reacquired the rights to this superhero franchise back in May 2013, along with Ghost Rider and Daredevil. The studio just released their Netflix TV series Marvel's Daredevil last month, but we haven't heard about movie or TV plans for Ghost Rider or The Punisher quite yet. While we wait for any official word on The Punisher coming back to the big or small screen, actor Tom Hardy revealed that he would love to play Frank Castle in an adaptation of The Punisher.
However, the actor did admit that he may be too short to play Frank Castle.
"I'm not big enough to be The Punisher, I'm 5'9"."
In a new interview with The Dark Knight Rises alum, Collider asked Hardy about his recent Suicide Squad departure and asked if he’d be interested in playing more comic book characters. Hardy seemed interested in the prospect, and put Frank Castle on the top of his wishlist:
Hardy’s height may be a bit shy of Punisher War Zone‘s Ray Stevenson, who clocks in at 6’4″, but he’s just two inches shorter than The Punisher‘s Tom Jane, who stands at 5’11”. Hollywood magic could easily make »
- James Garcia
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Silver Surfer, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and more…
Having been out in several international markets including the UK for over a week (enjoying an international opening weekend of $201 million and setting a record for the biggest ever opening for a superhero movie on these shores), Avengers: Age of Ultron finally made its way into U.S. theaters on Thursday night, with the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster pulling in a whopping $27.6 million from midnight screenings – almost $10 million more than its predecessor in 2012. Reports are suggesting that Age of Ultron claimed the highest opening day in history yesterday with between $94 and $97 million, and »
- Gary Collinson
Have you seen Daredevil on Netflix yet? If not, why? I think we can all agree that it was awesome and the partnership between Marvel and Netflix has gotten off to an extremely fruitful start. Still to come of course over the next couple of years is A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist which we all hope will follow in the same vein as Daredevil’s more grittier vision.
Well now it seems that Marvel are already putting the pieces of the puzzle in place for the small screen version of Phase Two and The Punisher could be their first port of call. According to Vigilantist they have it on good authority that Frank Castle is in contention for his own show:
“Fresh off the success of Marvels Daredevil; Marvel and Netflix have started to design “Phase 2″ of their Netflix series. Our Source (who’s name »
- Gavin Logan
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Daredevil, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League Dark, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Batman ’66, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Lucky Man and more…
With less than three weeks to go until the start of the 2015 superhero season with the UK release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has upped the promotional blitz for the eagerly-awaited sequel this week. The studio has offered up plenty of new footage from the film courtesy of three new TV spots [see here and here], a ‘Re-Assembled’ video featurette [see here] and an Audi tie-in commercial [see here], as well as releasing four potential IMAX posters and encouraging fans to vote for their favourite [see here]. Meanwhile, a series »
- Gary Collinson
Christopher Eberts, a former Hollywood studio executive and independent producer, has pleaded guilty to fraud and money-laundering charges brought by the U.S. attorney in Peoria, Illinois, according to a legal filing entered before the U.S. District Court on March 26. Eberts, 49, had been indicted in 2013 by a grand jury in Illinois on 10 courts of wire fraud and three counts of money-laundering. The government claimed that Eberts — who got producing credits on several movies between 1999 and 2009, including The Punisher and Lord of War — took over $615,000 from a retired firefighter, Jeff Elliott
- Alex Ben Block
There has been a lot of buzz regarding AMC's upcoming series Mad Men, which will take place at a Manhattan ad agency in the 1960s. Though not much else is known about it yet, the project comes from Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos), which seems to set a high bar. It has been reported today that Thomas Jane (The Punisher) is in talks to star as the male lead for the series, a character named "Don Draper." Though Weiner has said he's looking for an unknown to play the part (while AMC prefers a film star), Jane is overdue for the opportunity to lead a series, and Mad Men might be a great fit. (Jane has done a few period pieces before, including Boogie Nights). Mad Men would mark AMC's first foray into original scripted programming since The Lot, a lamentable comedy which ran for two seasons (that nobody watched), and Remember WENN, »
- Allison Keene
"I’d love to see him get his due on a platform like this," says DeKNight. "Nothing would delight me more than to see the Punisher get his own show and maybe we could convince Marvel to go Hard-r rating. If any character deserves an R rating, it’s the Punisher.”
This could easily happen as the cast and crew of Daredevil have stated several times that their take on Daredevil is heavily inspired by The Punisher. He is much darker, and a Frank Castle style is threaded deep.
Could we see a cross over event? Or perhaps it's own series? All we can say is.... We Sure Hope So!
Along with that, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
"I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in," said Thomas Jane". "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..."
- Michael Stevens
One role that actor Thomas Jane probably won't escape is that of Frank Castle, aka. The Punisher. Jane played the role in Lionsgate's 2004 film adaptation of the comic along with the 2012 unofficial short film "The Punisher: Dirty Laundry".
Then in 2013, the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel Studios, leading to speculation that the character would return in a future Marvel project. In fact, he could potentially return as a character in one of the studio's upcoming Netflix series.
Out doing promotional rounds for "Vice," Jane has revealed that whichever way Marvel chooses to proceed, he's done with playing the role. He tells I Am Rogue:
"I feel like I've done it. That's why I did the short film. I wanted to create something that was truer to my own vision of what that movie could be. I feel like I put that out there. It was really well received. »
- Garth Franklin
Actor Thomas Jane has been making the publicity rounds lately to promote his new film Vice, which opened last weekend. For many fans, he will always be best known as Frank Castle in the 2004 comic book adaptation The Punisher and the 2012 short film The Punsher: Dirty Laundry. You may recall that, back in May 2013, Marvel reacquired the rights to The Punisher, although the studio has yet to announce any movie or TV plans for this iconic character yet. Though, there have been plenty of rumors that The Punisher will return in the Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil, or possible his own show. During an interview with I Am Rogue, Thomas Jane was asked if he'd consider playing Frank Castle once again. The actor reveals that he's "done" with playing this beloved character:
"I feel like I've done it. That's why I did the short film. I wanted to create something that »
12 items from 2015
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