The Punisher Rips-off The Dark Knight... Again!

UK trailer feels familiar...

We got a sense of deja vu when we watched the new UK Punisher War Zone trailer this morning.

It's very different from the international one, but not at all different to The Dark Knight one we saw ages ago.

From the opening shots - which appear to have the same fades, character voice-over and soundtrack beats - to the closing string swells, we find it harder to tell these two apart than we did Jigsaw and The Joker back in November.

Don't believe us? Have a look for yourself, then tell us what you think below!

The Punisher

The Dark Knight


    • aelmo1

      Jan 21st 2009, 16:06 i wouldnt really call this a rip off, its just a slightly extended version of the us trailer. the only thing i would say is similar is they both seem to b showcasing the villains more than the heroes

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    • rorschach

      Jan 22nd 2009, 1:28

      Well its similar alright...and it really needs to try to get the crowds in somehow because unlike the dark knight, this movie sucks balls!

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    • Bulletproof_animal

      Jan 22nd 2009, 8:36

      Yeah, because The Dark Knight was such an original piece of work that didn't lift a single shot from any of Michael Mann's movies or even Mission: Impossible 3. This is getting boring. The Dark Knight was one iconic performance surrounded by a whole lotta 'meh'.

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    • NickyC

      Jan 22nd 2009, 11:06

      What's undeniable is that this movie has had some of the worst reviews I've ever read. And it's made by the lady who directed Green Street, which was p** as well. This will end up on the shelf next to that awful Spawn movie, and the other Punisher movies or course.

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    • NoRemakes

      Jan 22nd 2009, 12:07

      I think Sam is being unfair with the 'Rips-off' comment. The trouble with comic book films is that there is just so many of them and their themes will wind up crossing paths. I wouldn't really call this a rip since Punisher's story goes way back and so does Jigsaw (1970s-ish?) I first read about these Marvel characters in a comic book crosser with DC called 'Deadly Knights' (I would recommend it). Punisher is a difficult subject to tackle so do you as a driector/writer go dark and goth like Batman? Go political on the subject of Vigilantes? Or Go funny and action packed with cartoonish humor like Diehard? Personally I'm not really a remake fan so one Punisher brought to the big screen was always going to be enough for me.

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