Say what you want about actor Thomas Jane, but the man is a nerd. He just put up his own money to make a 10-minute Punisher fan flick starring himself as Frank Castle, and even got Ron Perlman to make an appearance. Whether it’s a treat for the fans or he’s not-so-subtly telling Marvel he’d like the role again, it’s still a cool thing for him to have done.
Of course, the problem with Jane’s fan flick is the same problem that I had with Jane’s Punisher movie, and that’s that he’s spends upwards of 70% of his time not punishing anybody. Seriously, dude, women and children are getting beat up right outside, and you need a pep-talk from Perlman before you decide to go do something? YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE THE PUNISHER. WHY ARE YOU SO RELUCTANT TO PUNISH PEOPLE? Still, at least here I didn’t have to meet any of Frank Castle’s wacky neighbors, so I guess that’s something. Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.