Lundgren was quite ready to do it for a while, saying it was
his best role yet, and the production seems to have been announced.
But promised as Lundgren's real breakthrough role, The
Punisher, which was to compete with Batman
that summer '89, unfortunately didn't have a theatrical release
in US (due to the sale of New World Pictures) whereas it did
worldwide. Later, while promoting Universal Soldier,
he wasn't as enthusiastic about the way the original film turned
The Punisher had a sequel, would you do it? -Oh yes,
I would, it's a very squared guy in the legend, but in the film
he's unpredictable, that's what pleases me, he talks to someone
and suddenly he becomes crazy, he explodes."
Dolph Lundgren in Cine-News, #19, January 1989 (translated
that doesn't mean I wouldn't do a second Punisher film,"
"I like Mr. P. He's a cool cat." Lundgren
in Comics Scene, #9, Summer 1989
Lundgren will have to decide in between for a potential Punisher
II. The New World is waiting for his signature, when the
first, big success all around the world, still wasn't released
in the United States."
Impact, # 27, June 1990 (translated from French)
of the Universe, Red Scorpion 2, The Punisher 2
and even the sequel of Cover Up... The list of sequels
projects on Dolph' agent desk is long."..."He mentions
The Punisher with some kind of sourness, bypasses Dark
Angel, avoids straight Masters of The Universe..."
from Impact, # 30, December 1990 (translated from French)
hard for me to criticize a product, because I don't like to mention
names. It just deserved a better fate. Actually, when I watch
The Punisher now, I think I was pretty good in that role, and
I looked really good. I think it was all there; it was just the
production values and everything that didn't add up to what it
should have been," ...
didn't put enough time into everything --the story, the development,
the picture's look. There was many things that could have been
done better,"..."if I did it over again, I would make
sure it was a better picture before I signed onto it. Back in
'88, I wasn't as experienced and I couldn't really judge some
of the things that I can judge now, and I think that's the difference."
Dolph Lundgren in Starlog, n°181, August 1992
-"Um", thinks Dolph, "what can I say about The
Punisher? Um." "Nothing?" -"I don't
know what to say. I had a special Harley built for me?"
" from Movieline, volume VI n°10, July 1995