CCI: Watch Thomas Jane Star in Brutal Punisher Fan Film

One of the true surprises of Comic-Con International was the return of Thomas Jane to the role of Frank Castle --no, not in that abandoned Fox television pilot or even the hoped-for Marvel Studios movie reboot, but in a fan film called "Dirty Laundry."

Overshadowed by the Warner Bros. screening of the first footage from Man of Steel and Marvel's announcements about Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, the short premiered quietly Saturday during the RAW Studios panel. But don't worry, you can watch the short below.

Directed by Phil Joanou (Entropy) and written by Chad St. John, "Dirty Laundry" stars Jane as a weary Frank Castle on a mission to wash his clothes, and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as a wheel-chair bound store owner in a neighborhood plagued by gang violence. If you're looking for a wry send-up of the Marvel antihero, you better look elsewhere: "Dirty Laundry" is played straight -- and it's incredibly brutal. Bone-splintering, skull-crushing brutal.

"I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in -- a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans," Jane says on the film's YouTube page. "It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It's been a blast to be a part of from start to finish -- we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it."

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