Given the relentless awfulness of the first, I wouldn't normally give a whole post over to The Punisher but the wranglings going on regarding it are very interesting.
Over the past few weeks, the problems have centred on whether the film will be cut to be either PG-13 or R rated. First, director Lexi Alexander was thrown off the project after fighting over Lionsgate wanting this to be PG-13. Then, it was reportedly confirmed that the film would indeed be PG-13 rated. Now, it seems that rumour has been debunked and it will actually be R.
The gossip-y backstabbing is all very scurrilous and interesting but what's really to discuss is why it's such a problem. I understand that fans want this to be a R because the comics are pretty violent and revenge-filled. But surely the key issue is whether this will actually be a decent movie. Fucking and fighting do not necessarily make a decent film and maybe the real issue should be over whether the story, characterisation and general thematic direction will be good rather than whether you're going to see a head blown off a neck.