I was just reading some news about the upcoming sequel/reboot Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and I noticed something rather interesting that could suggest that another character will take up the Ghost Rider mantle after this movie.
For those who don’t know, Ghost Rider 2 takes place a few years after the events of the first movie and follow Johnny Blaze(played once again by Nic Cage) as he hides out in Eastern Europe trying to find a way to rid himself of the Ghost Rider curse. He is approached by a monk who intends on “hiring” the Ghost Rider to protect a mother and her son who are being pursued by the Devil, who intends on using the boy as a human vessel. The only reason Blaze accepts is because he is given the impression that his curse could be lifted by helping.
Now here’s the catch. The son’s name is Danny Ketch. For those who don’t know, Dan Ketch is the name of the man who takes over the Ghost Rider mantle from Johnny Blaze in the comics. I didn’t even catch this before. I figured that the mother and son characters were original characters created for the movie( a la Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight). I didn’t even think to look up character names. Knowing that the kid that Blaze is protecting is a major character from the source material could mean that there could be a character change after this movie is over. Let’s face it, Nic Cage is not the youngest guy out there playing super heroes these days. He probably won’t be doing too many of the big time action movies for too much longer( I’m still waiting on National Treasure 3 so I can find out what was on that damn page).
Anyway, to me, even though I like Nic Cage, I think it’s time to move on to another Rider as far as the source material is concerned. And the inclusion of the character of Dan Ketch, even as a child, suggests that a Rider change could happen. I hope that directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and the writers have taken the source material into consideration and make that change. But I guess we will have to wait and see on February 17th.
At this past year Comic-Con, Marvel released it’s first trailer for it’s upcoming sequel to the less than desirable movie adaptation of Ghost Rider, entitled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Now, to say the least, the first Ghost Rider wasn’t all that great, but I did enjoy it. Maybe it was Eva Mendes, maybe it’s because I’m one of a few people who like Nicolas Cage, I don’t know, but I liked the movie despite it’s complete neglect of the source material.
Anyway, despite the overall negative responses to the movie, a sequel is currently in the works and Marvel has released it’s first trailer showing the new movie’s dark, and gritty tone. Take a look at the trailer for yourself.
I personally liked the trailer. I hope it sets the tone for the movie itself. Just looking at the look of Ghost Rider sets the stage for the tone of the movie. As you could see, the Rider’s skull was darkened and charred from being set aflame numerous times, and you could see the his leather jacket and pants bubble and sizzle from the heat of his Hell Fire covered skeleton, which looked pretty cool to me. It’s being made by the same guys who made the Crank movies and by judging what was seen in the trailer, the action should be pretty intense, and by the looks of it, kinda violent as the Rider really doesn’t seem to show any remorse for his enemies and victims. So what’s your opinion of the new Ghost Rider movie? Think it’ll be better than the first?