YMMV: The Punisher (2004)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Joan was cute in the comic, but she's played by Rebecca Romijn. Also, Bumpo is much less Gonkish when played by John Pinette.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Better on DVD: The "Extended Cut" release; several scenes are added in that actually improve upon the film's theatrical cut and flesh out a few plot holes - most specifically, scenes with Frank's former partner, who is revealed to have sold Frank out to Howard Saint, which leads to the Castle family being massacred. (The "Extended Cut" of the film is also the one shown when the film plays on the FX network.)
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Harry Heck. A Johnny Cash-esque, Affably Evil murderer who sings the tune to Frank Castle's life. Then he dies one chase later. The character made quite an impression on audiences however, and is often mentioned as one of the most memorable scenes of the movie. Keep in mind Harry Heck was nothing but a named Mook in the comics who appears and dies in one page.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: John Travolta's character kills Frank's family as payback for the death of his son. Five years later Travolta's son died.