Watch: Thomas Jane Back as Punisher in Short Film 'Dirty Laundry'
by Ben Pearson
July 16, 2012
Just as the superhero movie craze was really starting to take off, Marvel released The Punisher in 2004, a film starring Thomas Jane as a former soldier who dispensed vigilante justice on those who murdered his family. Despite its R rating, many felt that the film didn't accurately depict the violent nature of the character, whose brutal and unforgiving tactics made the comics a hit back in the 1980s. At Comic-Con 2012, Jane surprised the audience at his RAW studios panel with Dirty Laundry, a Punisher short film that feels much more true to the character and isn't afraid to use violence in a brutal, visceral way. Watch it!
Here's Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman's unofficial Punisher short film Dirty Laundry from Comic-Con:
Whoa. Now that's the Punisher that fans were hoping for the first time Jane donned the black trenchcoat. Despite the '04 film's problems, I still like Jane's portrayal of the character, and it's obvious that Jane himself is still very passionate about Frank Castle. I can't think of any other instances in which the star of a major movie has essentially commissioned a fan film and reprised his role as a sort of "mea culpa" to fans, but it's really cool that Jane, Ron Perlman, and director Phil Joanou (State of Grace) were able to come together and show off something totally unexpected for Comic-Con faithful. Let us know what you think!