Alright, I’ll say this up front. Read no further and watch the above video. It’s more fun if you’re not quite sure what you’re getting into, but some of you may guess pretty quickly. Oh, and there’s plenty of violence and language, so know that going in.
OK then. Tom Jane is a kickass guy. After he wasn’t invited back for a Punisher sequel (or he turned it down? I can’t recall), he decided that he wasn’t done with the character yet. The above short is a fan film that he made with some friends (including Ron Perlman) meant to be a “love letter” to the character for fans. It’s a slow burn that pays off in the end with a brutal beatdown as The Punisher exacts “punishment” (not justice) and passes his mantle onto ordinary oppressed citizens.
It’s just a short though, and no plans have been announced for another Punisher flick starring Jane. But if this video gets enough attention, I don’t think it’s out of the question. We can all forget about the crappy sequel and get some R-rated superhero goodness again from the man who should have the role.
Fun fact: Tom Jane had himself made-up as Jonah Hex and sent it to the studio in the hopes that he could get that part. For as horrible as that movie was, it was probably a blessing he wasn’t anywhere near it.