A decade on and Lexi Alexander’s “Punisher: War Zone” still remains one of the few superhero movies directed by a woman. Alexander has famously talked in the past about her difficulties making that movie based on the Marvel character, and in a new interview with Les InRockuptibles (via her blog) spoke about how she wishes she had more direct involvement with Marvel itself:
“My relationship with them was different than those of the other filmmakers they work with because Lionsgate had the rights to Punisher and paid for the movie. Marvel was an equal partner, but unfortunately when there were creative decision conflicts, Marvel would let Lionsgate be the tie breaker. I always regretted that I made a Marvel movie this way, because 99% of their notes were much better than the studios and I was more in tune with them.”
Alexander is also keenly aware of how well Marvel has gotten their formula down pat and so understands there’s some limitations to creative freedom on such films:
“To me (and most of my filmmaker friends) they are like the Coca-Cola brand. Everybody knows it, it’s not groundbreaking or healthy for you, but it’s not supposed to be. Everybody likes to drink a Coke once in a while, it’s when we run out of everything else to drink and we’re only left with Coke that we need to start worrying. But we can’t blame them for doing their thing well and they are obviously serving a demographic that’s happy.
They are sticking to the same recipe and other than DC Comics, they dominate the market completely… If Marvel wouldn’t stick to the same recipe that has made them shitloads of money, it would be irresponsible towards their share holders.”
You can read the full piece on her blog.