Comic book showdown: ‘Punisher’ vs ‘Justice League’

Marvel vs. DC.

It’s a battle that’s been waged for decades, but rarely this aggressively.

“Justice League,” which brings together DC heroes Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, has had a mid-November opening date staked out for more than three years.

Netflix waited till last month to announce the release of Marvel’s hotly anticipated 13-episode series “The Punisher.”

They both drop Friday.

What’s a comic book nerd — and I mean that in the best possible sense — to do?

To help you plan your weekend, here’s a look at how “The Punisher” and “Justice League” stack up, side by side.

Running time

“The Punisher”: 678 minutes

“Justice League”: 119 minutes

Black-clad vigilante forever damaged by the loss of his family

“The Punisher”: Frank Castle/The Punisher

“Justice League”: Bruce Wayne/Batman

Growling leading man who starred in 2016’s “The Accountant”

“The Punisher”: Jon Bernthal

“Justice League”: Ben Affleck


“The Punisher”: A corrupt CIA official (Paul Schulze) and a combat veteran (Daniel Webber) with PTSD

“Justice League”: Steppenwolf, an orclike warrior from Apokolips — not the Canadian rock band behind “Born to Be Wild”

Weapons of choice

“The Punisher”: Guns — many, many guns — as well as knives, his bare hands and, in one particularly brutal sequence, a sledgehammer

“Justice League”: Any number of Bat-gadgets, the Sword of Athena, a five-pronged trident (which technically should be a quindent) and running really fast


“The Punisher”: Black hoodies, tactical gear and, when he really means business, body armor with the famous white skull spray-painted on it

“Justice League”: All manner of skintight, high-tech materials that can withstand the heat of re-entry from outer space

Presumed dead character(s)

“The Punisher”: Castle and his new ally, former NSA analyst David Lieberman (Ebon Moss-Bachrach)

“Justice League”: Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill)

Intrepid red-haired journalist

“The Punisher”: Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll)

“Justice League”: Lois Lane (Amy Adams)

African-American man missing at least one limb

“The Punisher”: Curtis Hoyle (Jason R. Moore), Castle’s best friend and a PTSD support group leader, who lost his leg in Afghanistan

“Justice League”: Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher), a genius football star who was rebuilt by his scientist father after a car wreck left him with little more than a head and torso


“The Punisher”: Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah) is Persian-American

“Justice League”: Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is Themysciran; Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is Atlantean

Preferred method of contact

“The Punisher”: A flowerpot in Karen’s window

“Justice League”: The Bat-signal and a fire in The Shrine of the Amazons


“The Punisher”: Buckets of it — heck 30-gallon drums of it

“Justice League”: Not a drop

Comic relief

“The Punisher”: Umm, once, when his long hair gets him mistaken for a hipster, Castle jokes that he’s “flirtin’ with the idea of goin’ full man bun”

“Justice League”: Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller) — he’s pretty much only there for comic relief

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