Things continue to move slowly in the land of Punisher: War Zone. Every update is so minor that I can't even post it -- even the newly launched official website hasn't managed to offer anything for discussion. There's not even any good photos of Ray Stevenson as the titular hero. I'm stuck illustrating this piece with a photo from Rome because I think a handsome man like Stevenson deserves more than a dark profile shot. Just imagine he's wearing a black t-shirt, and there's a warehouse or dark street behind him, and it'll look better than the official stills do. (Jessica posted those for you back in January. Yeah, it's been that long.)

But, at last, there is an update, via director Lexi Alexander's blog. The studio has pushed the release all the way back to December. (It was originally set for September.) Allegedly, it's not because they are unhappy with the film, but because they think it will do better numbers. "They also moved our release date to December 5th, which is, according to my reps, a much, much better date. I myself would have thought that people will think twice about going to see an extremely violent movie the closer it gets to Jesus' B-day, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever other holy holiday you're celebrating. Well, the box office records prove different and instead, all you sick f**** get more blood thirsty that time of year. (And I say that with lovingly affection, cause I'm relying on all the sick f**** to show up)." Ah, Christmas -- the holly and the ivy, and the spraying of semi automatics.

Lionsgate held a screening on April 1st, and it reportedly went well. "Although I'll probably have to compromise on a few minor notes, it's not nearly as bad as some of my filmmaker friends predicted it would be. I guess I got away with an actual okay studio experience (knocking on wood since it's not quite over yet)." That's good news for fans, since you might remember one of the writers completely despised it.

You can visit Alexander's blog for some praise of Stevenson, and a photo of her with the actor and his stunt double. With a release date set, hopefully we'll get a teaser trailer before long. There are certainly enough comic book movies this summer to attach it to. Punisher: War Zone opens December 5th, 2008.

[via SuperheroHype.com]