Screenwriters Utopia talked to writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh about The Punisher. Here’s a clip from the interview…
Why do you love The Punisher comics? It’s been going on for 30 years, so I’d like to respond that the picture that I signed onto to adapt was Garth Ennis’ “Welcome Back Frank” series, so that’s what the movie’s based on. So the reason why I like that particular vein was because I like the outcast, broken nature of Frank Castle and I like the fact that Garth took that character and put him into this dank, tenement apartment, surrounded by these three other broken outcast individuals. I just thought that that separated it from the normal, run-of-the-mill graphic novel. I just thought it was utterly unique, I’d never seen anything like it, and it had a sweetness to it that I really responded to.
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