Before taking a spot in the Netflix corner of the MCU, a Punisher reboot film was proposed by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy showrunner), with himself behind the script. Marvel ultimately rejected his vision, due to the liberties he was attempting to take with the character. Sutter spoke with Looper about the difficulty:
“I’m a Marvel fan, but I was not a comic book kid. I didn’t really get into that whole world until about 15 years ago, which is when I started getting into graphic novels. And that happened in Paris, because their graphic novel industry is decades beyond ours! But I didn’t realize that you can’t take liberties with some of the characters and some of the traits, because they are what they are. They’re very derivative, they’re stereotyped, but this is the guy that does this, and this is the guy who does this… So they’re two-dimensional for a reason: that’s the purpose they serve. So I was trying to expand the Marvel Universe in a direction it should not have been expanded in.”
He also went on to talk about the time constraints that come along with a Marvel film, and how these restraints affected his take on the character:
“I think I was trying to write to the emotionality of this dude and motivate the absurd violence with some kind of meaning. I don’t mean that I was, like, f—ing Gandhi [Laughs]. But I was just trying to root it a little bit more in the mental anguish that he went through to justify it, and to take a little bit of that journey… So I think that’s what I was trying to do: humanize him a little bit more. But it’s the kind of thing where there’s only X amount of time [in] the movies, so you have moments of that, but you can’t really have a subplot that explores that kind of thing. Not in a summer blockbuster or Marvel picture.”
It is fairly intriguing to think about the Punisher in a more emotional manner. With John Bernthal’s on-screen portrayal, the ruthless, murderous aspects of the character are focused on heavily and fans can’t seem to get enough. It remains unknown whether or not viewers would enjoy this more emotionally rounded-out version of the Punisher.
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Source: Heroic Hollywood