Tom Hardy Wants To Play The Punisher

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Tom Hardy may have dropped out of Suicide Squad, but he still hopes that a superhero universe role is in his future.

Speaking to Collider, the Mad Max: Fury Road star says I would love to take on Marvel’s The Punisher.

I heard Warner Bros. has a few more superhero movies, maybe one or two that they’re developing [Laughs]. 

HARDY: I want The Punisher… I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something…I don’t know what I want.

You as Punisher could be very interesting.

HARDY: I’m not big enough to be The Punisher, I’m 5’9” [Laughs]. 

But I actually think that adds to the character.

HARDY: Frank Castle, I would love it. Is that him, isn’t it?

Yeah. It’s Frank Castle.

Hardy has already played a role in a superhero movie, as Bane in The Dark Knight Returns, but it sounds like he’s more interested in a leading role now, perhaps something more heroic, or a least antiheroic.

Or maybe Hardy is just interested in being part of a large cinematic universe. Marvel Studios did regain the rights to the Punisher, and Daredevil showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight has already said that he’d love to see the character brought to Netflix for a “rated R” style outing. Whether or not any of that is in the cards remains to be seen.

Hardy stars in Mad Max: Fury Road, opening may 15.


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  1. I wonder if Tom Hardy would be willing to go to Netflix for the role? I'd be okay with that. He's not a bad pick, and I'd rather see him at Marvel than DC since he just did Bane(technically) for DC a couple years ago.

  2. True. Hardy's a great actor who is very versatile, but the best way for The Punisher is through Netflix. 

    • HartThorn
    • 716 Posts in 29 Months

    I think one of the things the MCU would have to do with the Punisher is REALLY amp up the uncomfortable factor. We have plenty of heroes with blood on their hands and an understanding that not every conflict can be resolved without blood shed and/or loss of life.

    So if we want to set Frank Castle apart from those guys, we almost need to go to Breaking Bad territory. Or just show how this is his ENTIRE life. His vigilantism is almost a sickness, a compulsion, an addiction. And that's why he has to operate at the sidelines, and stay away from the other heroes.

  3. Tom hardy is a tremendous actor love his work I think he can actually bring something fresh an interesting to the character, also Netflix is the way to introduce a character like this especially since the punisher is brutal

    • SkullGF
    • 17 Posts in 22 Months

    well if thomas jane will not be the punisher, i hope tom hardy gets the part and bring it on to netflix, fighting against Daredevil, COOL!

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