2008 was a captivating time for superhero films. Hollywood knew they had been greater than only a fad, however the Marvel Cinematic Universe had but to totally take form. “Iron Man” got here out that very same yr, which kicked off the MCU, as did “The Dark Knight,” broadly thought of to be one of many best comedian ebook films ever made. It was a turning level, and “Punisher: War Zone” was kind of trapped up to now at a time when the longer term was being constructed. It dramatically underperformed on the field workplace ($10 million towards a $35 million finances), making a sequel all however unimaginable.
Still, the film has since discovered its viewers, and it stands aside as an attention-grabbing experiment when it comes to what may be executed within the Marvel universe when one is just not anchored to main continuity. Ultimately, Jon Bernthal would succeed Stevenson as Frank Castle, showing in “Daredevil” season 2 on Netflix earlier than starring in his personal “The Punisher” collection starting in 2017. The present solely lasted two seasons, however Bernthal is returning in “Daredevil: Born Again.”
Stevenson, although, all the time appeared to suppose there was extra to discover with what that they had arrange in “War Zone.” Speaking on the time of the film’s DVD launch with Collider, the actor had this to say a couple of potential sequel:
“I think there’s a huge potential because he doesn’t shy away from these real moral issues. He’s not judge, jury, and executioner, he’s just executioner. I think there are a tremendous amount of places that Frank can go and we can raise these issues up and play them out on the screen. I think there’s a major potential future for Frank. There’s a future definitely for that skull.”
There is and was a future for that character, however sadly, the fates dictated that Stevenson wasn’t part of that future.