This week’s How Did This Get Made? is the first of its kind. Our guests are Lexi Alexander, director of Punisher: War Zone and Patton Oswalt, one of the movie’s most vocal supporters. Together with Paul and June (unfortunately Jason had to miss this one) they honestly explain how this movie got made: From the very first pitch meetings to the week after it was released. Hear how unfortunate timing, poor marketing, and mixed expectations affected the success of one of the coolest, craziest, most fun comic book adaptations of the decade (at least).
This is easily my favorite podcast ever recorded. I make no secret of the fact that Punisher War Zone is my favorite comic book movie ever made. Hearing the director speak about it completely cements my stance. Hearing about stuff like the origin of the parkour guys, the over the top violence and how it was received by critics and a bunch of other great behind the scenes stuff (you'll never guess which actor gave a perfect audition for Jigsaw and was a huge Punisher fan, but the studio wouldn't let him be cast!) made for an amazing listen.
This podcast should come on all future home video editions of the movie. Also Lexi Alexander should direct every movie ever made.