^I love how despondent David Dastmalchian looks in that picture. I think Double Toasted nailed it when they said he looks like the kid whose mom put him in the discount costume on Halloween, when really he wanted to go as Batman. XD
I know Polka Dot had some real issues going on, but when Rat Catcher says to him "I thought you were the crazy one" after Peacemaker gives the "kill men, women, and children" line, and Polka says "I am", it's almost like he feels he's being upstaged in insanity by all these kooky people on his team and he doesn't like it. There's another moment like that later on in the movie that I can't precisely recall, but where Polka comes off as the straight man too.
Take my hand/lead me to some peaceful land/that I cannot find inside my head
I think they hoped to make him their own Punisher, since Vigilante failed at that
Err, probably I should ask this in the comics forum, but didn't Vigilante have a good run? 50 issues or something?
Depends on how you view that. DC intended to make him a similar character, which worked in the short run, but Marvel has gotten nearly 40 years of the Punisher as a major title, not just a mid-level book, for a few years. DC got about 5 years out of it, if you include the introduction, in New Teen Titans. Even in the short run, Vigilante was not a big seller and certainly not a an favorite; definitely nothing at the level of the Punisher, during that same period (or since). Actually, Deathstroke probably should have gotten his own title sooner, based on the popularity of the character. It managed 60 issues of a series that I never found particularly engaging. I gave it a go, at the start, but it really lacked the spark of the New Teen Titan stories. Problem was, they tried to hard to make him a babyface, instead of a "tweener." Even so, it was a better fit for that style of a character and had a far more interesting hook.
I tried Vigilante, briefly, based on the intro in Titans, which was really good (well, the annual, with more of Perez's generic hired guns with gimmicks, was a bit iffy, due to that factor); but, they had the wrong people on the series to really try to capture that same audience. Hated the issues with the Peacemaker, which were the only other ones I picked up , after the initial launch.
DC has never really been able to match the success of the Punisher, though that character was a cult thing, until the 80s. It was purely a rip-off of the Executioner novels; which gave it a certain mileage, as an antagonist, reluctant partner, in the 70s; then, Miller and others tapped into the right elements for an 80s audience and Marvel has been able to continue that, ever since, even to the point of it being a rather chilling icon for police officers who seem to think they are at war with the public they are supposed to serve (leading to Marvel even having the character address that as a twisted mindset). Vigilante worked in the short run, as a revenge story; but then it petered out. Marv Wolfman was not the writer for that type of character and Paul Kupperberg was not much of an improvement. John Ostrander could have done something with that, as he showed with Suicide Squad, and, especially, Deadshot.
Wild Dog was a similar attempt, from Max Allen Collins, who had the pedigree, but never had a really great artist on it and I, personally, never felt it was that compelling a character (Ms Tree was better at it). It looked and sounded like a lower-rent vigilante character, like the cheap Executioner knock-offs, in the Men's Adventure pulps (Death Merchant, Penetrator, etc) of low budget film attempts, like The Exterminator (Robert Ginty as a Vietnam vet, with a flame thrower).