Whether you thought the red-band trailer looked bad-ass or like an embarrassing straight-to-DVD knock-off with none of the usual low-budget gore charm, the overall consensus on Punisher seemed to be that if it does prove itself entertaining, that value will be based solely on the gratuitous, insane violence. I mean, if you take away all the chairs violently shoved in eye-holes, what's left? Answer: a probably awful movie without any chairs violently shoved in eye-holes. But that may be exactly what we'll get, with Lionsgate reportedly pushing for a PG-13 rating:
One of my contacts deep within the bowels of Hollywood and close to the Punisher: War Zone project (source will not be named. Sorry!) told me today that the big fight over the Punisher project is Lionsgate wants a PG-13 cut to be released.
Lionsgate can always say, "This was never intended to be PG-13. We always had an R rating in mind." but I trust Hollywood as far as I can throw it. I'm sure there's some Lionsgate exec thinking this film can do what The Dark Knight has done with a PG-13 rating.
Of course, this is all just rumor for now, but I think it's probably a bad sign that they're reportedly also changing the title from Punisher: War Zone to Punisher: Lazer Tag Adventure.
Lionsgate Wants A PG-13 Punisher: War Zone? [Latino Review]