People give Spider-Man a hard time because of all the reboots. If you spend any amount of time on the internet, Spider-Fans are divided into camps over their favorite portrayal of the webslinger - you've got your Tobey Maguire Stans, your Andrew Garfield Heads, your Tom Hollanders, not to mention a sizable contention of Shameik Moore Fans. But the Punisher has also been through his fair share of reboots. The difference? None of them has been successful enough for a sequel. "War Zone" attempts a story that is truer to the comics than previous versions, and by that I mean it's a bloody mess.
This adaptation of "The Punisher" came out while I was in high school during that mandatory phase that boys my age went through when they were required to like "The Boondock Saints" (and any movie in that vein) to an unreasonable degree. Because the 2004 "Punisher" fits in that category (relatively small cast, lots of small sets with gratuitous violence), I look back on it fondly through the rose-colored lenses of nostalgia.
The Punisher is one of the most challenging comic book heroes to try to adapt on screen. In a lot of ways, he's just a guy. Sure, he's a guy with enough firepower to occupy a small country, legendary combat skills, and more baggage than a 747, but he's still different from most comic book heroes. He doesn't have superpowers or a brightly colored spandex suit to fit into. He's not particularly wealthy or intelligent in the Reed Richards sense, nor is he mystical in the Stephen Strange sense. Frank Castle is just someone out to punish evildoers and maybe, while he's at it, get revenge for his murdered family too.