The Marvel anti-hero Frank Castle/the Punisher hasn’t exactly had a successful history when it comes to live-action adaptations. In fact, the first three film adaptations have earned Rotten Tomatoes scores of 28%, 29%, and 27%. That was enough to put the Punisher in the Hollywood doghouse for seven years before the character finally returned to the small screen in the Netflix series Daredevil — a turn that was able to get the character his own upcoming series on Netflix.
So now that the Punisher is finally on the right track, let’s take a look back at all the live-action adaptations of the character and rank their actors from worst to best. Sadly, it’s not a pretty sight.