Contrary to earlier rumors that Lionsgate wanted a more family friendly cut of Punisher: War Zone, the movie about Marvel’s deadly vigilante has received an R-Rating. Comic Book Movie confirms that director Lexi Alexander’s final cut still has all of the violence, language and some drug use that fans of the character would expect.
There was, at one point, rumors going around that the studio was pushing for a less violent cut, hoping to get a PG-13 rating out of the film. It was also rumored that Alexander had been taken off the film, and was no longer in charge of the final cut, although those rumors have since been refuted.
Punisher: War Zone stars Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok, Colin Salmon and Julie Benz, and was directed by Lexi Alexander. The film explodes into theatres September 12, 2008.