That combined with Marvel being interested in working with Aaron Eckhart on an unnamed project, I wonder if it’s a relaunch of the Punisher. It’s important to notice that the article was written 11 months ago, before Marvel had regained the rights to the character.
There were three movies based on him, with Dolph Lundgren in 1989, Thomas Jane in 2004 (who also starred in a short film, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry in 2012) and most recently, Ray Stevenson in Punisher: War Zone in 2008).
Lundgren’s portrayal was actually pretty decent, but also tends to be the most maligned in terms of public perception (it didn’t help that he lacked certain characteristics that the Punisher is known for, like the skull insignia on his chest).
Aaron Eckhart certainly has the physical chops for the role, so if that’s Marvel’s plan, he’d be great for it. Another important point to mention is that there are numerous fan films based on the Punisher, two of which I featured here.
They’re a tribute to the popularity and longevity of the character, and I hope that Marvel can see that people want to see more of Frank Castle.
The Punisher: Dead Of Night
The Punisher: No Mercy