Lexi Alexander is a director who’s directed a pretty great comic book adaptation in Punisher: War Zone (2008). I didn’t know that much about the character of Frank Castle/The Punisher when I’d watched it, I’d seen the other Punisher film from 2004 so had a basic understanding but that’s about it. Now I’m reading the current Punisher comic by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads and feel that Lexi Alexander made a great film about a great character. I point to Punisher: War Zone when people say women can’t make superhero or action movies because it’s an obvious example that they can and those people are stupid.
The thing that has made me respect and like Lexi Alexander so much is that I’ve recently started to follow her on Twitter. I love how she talks about gender and race in Hollywood and the structure of Hollywood with institutions like the DGA which “normal people” wouldn’t know much about or how they work. I find her thoughts about piracy fascinating and what she thinks about women filmmakers in this industry that isn’t always helpful or kind to women is eye-opening. Her Twitter handle is @Lexialex and you should totally hit the follow button.
One of my film-watching goals this year was to watch more films written and/or directed by women so I’m definitely going to be checking out more of Lexi Alexander’s work over the next few months.