The Punisher is one of my favorite marvel characters. Unlike most Marvel characters, the Punisher doesn’t rely on superhuman abilities or superpowers to vanquish his foes. All the punisher needs is his weapons, martial arts, intelligence and ability to improvise. In this take, I’ll be ranking all 4 live action Punisher Motion pictures and I’ll discuss the things I find interesting of each.
Who is he? Frank Castiglione(anglicized to Castle) or “The Punisher” is a former US service man who turned into a vigilante after his family was murdered. Aside from hunting down those responsible for the death of his family, he also goes after random violent criminals. Aside from his skills as a marine, he also received training from other elite fighting forces(Navy seals etc). He is proficient in various types of weapons and is skilled in various types of martial arts. He is in peak physical condition, has a ridiculously high pain tolerance and is even capable of taking on big brutes like “Barracuda”.
1.)John Bernthal’s Punisher(Netflix web series): There is no doubt that Jon Bernthal’s punisher is the best so far. This actor perfectly portrays Frank Castle. From delivery on lines, facial expressions, low pitch voice and the action sequences, John Bernthal’s punisher will be remembered as the true punisher. This punisher is very resourceful, smart and tough. I also like how this punisher made an appearance in Daredevil (another great web series by Netflix). My personal rating of this series so far is 9.8/10.
2.)Ray Stevenson’s Punisher: “Punisher: Warzone” An underrated portrayal of the Punisher. When it comes to looks, Ray Stevenson is as close an actor you can get to mirror the Punisher from the comics. Aside from aesthetics, this Punisher film truly encompassed the punisher from the comics. It’s the goriest punisher Motion picture of the 4 and it’s action packed. Ray Stevenson also did a great job of portraying the tough, resourceful, smart and stern Frank Castle. My personal rating of this film is 9/10.
3.) Dolph Lundgren’s Punisher(1989): Another underrated punisher film from the 80s. The punisher logo isn’t used in the film due to copyright reasons and the backstory of this punisher is different. Instead of Frank being an ex service man he’s a ex police officer. This film has everything you’d expect from a 80s action film, from lots of fun fights, brawls and nudity. Dolph a natural blond seemed to have dyed his hair black to give himself a more Mediterranean physical appearance in this film. My personal rating of this film is 8.6/10.
4.) Thomas Jane’s punisher(2004): I personally don’t even count this film as a punisher film. While Thomas Jane did act well, the film was poorly made. Even though it came out in 2004, it felt like a 1980’s film. The biggest flaw is how they completely nerfed the Punisher in this film. There were only two fight scenes in this film and both were comical and unrealistic. My personal rating of this film is 5/10 and that’s being generous.
I’m currently waiting for season 2 of Netflix’s punisher. I also think a new Punisher video game is long overdue. With today’s video game physics, a Punisher video game today would have a lot of potential. I say perhaps Machine games should be the ones to make a new Punisher video game. Anyways how do you rank the current Punisher Motion pictures?