First Images from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Go figure, apparently Nicholas Cage’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is pretty popular with the kids out there. Or at least, they’re either torn between liking the first movie and waiting anxiously for the sequel, or hating the first movie so much, they’re anxious to see how it’s improved the second time around. Personally, I thought the first movie was just goofy fun, and Cage played it perfectly in his usual goofy sort of way. Anyways, here are your first looks at the upcoming sequel via some magazine scans, including Cage as Johnny Blaze, who is now hiding out in Europe, the Ghost Rider himself, and Idris Elba trying to catch up, one presumes, with the flaming one on his own motorcycle with a slung machinegun. Good luck there, Idris! The guy is powered by hellfire, after all.

The film sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Ciaran Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the kid’s birthday.

“Spirit of Vengeance” is directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor of “Crank” fame, and stars Cage, Elba, along with Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Lambert, Johnny Whitworth, and Violante Placido.

Vengeance burns February 17, 2012.



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  • Anonymous

    Cage must be stopped!

  • Juggernaut

    While I liked the first GR movie, I think that Cage was the wrong guy for Johnny Blaze (He is a cool actor in some roles. He works best in mostly quirky, offbeat characters). With a different actor and slightly better script and director it could have gone from a mediocre, Sunday afternoon guily pleasure movie to full on action hit. I was really fond of the idea of a full on reboot of the character. However, if they were bringing Cage back, I was hoping for a darker take on the material. Obviosly there is no trailer yet so I can’t be critical without just speculating. Although, in his interview posted here a few days ago from Comic-Con he touched on Blaze’s humor. Humor? Really? I could see him having a somewhat humorous demeanor in the first film pre-flame headed demon taking souls when he was just a stunt driver but now??? I don’t think so! An even bigger mistake is the missed opportunity to pass the torch to a new, younger, Ghost Rider (The Dan Ketch angle was what I had in mind). With that storyline they’d have a better shot at a franchise. With Cage returning in those movies as the long haired, scruffy bearded, shade wearing, cigarette smoking, shotgun toting, duster wearing bad ass incarnation of Blaze! Instead we get the same character played by the same actor, who in my opinion wasn’t good in the first one, with the same look doing similar things. Hopefully this one will be good and have a few unforseen twists and turns, I highly doubt that, but maybe. If so I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Eagle Eye

    You have to admit though, Ghost Rider looks pretty awesome compared to that CGI thingy in the first one!!

    • Juggernaut

      I agree. That first pick looks really cool. Let’s see what happens.

  • Shazam!

    I’m guessing from the picture they’re doing everything they can to distance themselves from the previous film (ala Incredible Hulk) hence the literally burnt up look. I’m digging it – I just completely agree with what Juggernaut wrote about Cage. The guy wanted to be a superhero so badly I’m inclined to think he didn’t care who… and thus became the worlds biggest Ghost Rider fan!

    More than anything, I just wish some of these peripheral studios making Marvel films would start to understand the scope of these characters! As far as I’m concerned the only thing worth taking from the first GR film was that one single shot of him riding up the side of the building… one single shot! The rest of the movie could have been made for TV. What’s the grand finale battle? It’s Ghost Rider picking up balls of dirt, making them fire and throwing them at a guy in a suit. Wow.

    Punisher War Zone may have contained 2 of the single worst villain performances in the history of comic book films, but the main character was nailed and the tone and scope was dead on (pardon the pun). I hope that that one pic is a taste of the tone of the film…

    • Juggernaut

      If they wanted to distance themselves from the first film here’s an idea… re-cast the part of Ghost Rider. He is a character that allows that without retreading the same story. They could have centered on the third GR (Dan Ketch) with Blaze in the role that Carter Slade played in the first film. I did like the inclusion of Slade in the original though. That was a cool addition to the story. You’re right though, Cage didn’t care who he got to play as long as it was a super hero. I remembered when his name was being tossed around to play Superman in the 90′s. WHEW!!! Dodged that one. Then again he was a bankable, more serious name with action star creds back then. These days he is a caricature of himself. I loved a few scenes from the 2007 Mark Steven Johnson movie. His first transformation was cool as was the penance stare scene but the building climbing scene was the money shot. Mephisto was all wrong. I like the fact that they got an actor synonamous with motorcycles to play the part but they could have had him transform from his human form to look more like the comics version of the character as a nod to the fans. Same goes for Blackheart. Then there were the made up stable of villains. Ugh. I don’t know why it is that the people writing and directing these movies feel the need to create things when it is all right there for them to interpert. He already has a bunch of villains, why make some up? I can only imagine what a Marvel produced version would be like. One day.

    • Juggernaut

      I also agree with you completely about Punisher: War Zone. The tone and feel were great. I really liked the fact that they stuck to the origins more closely thatn the 2004 movie. Ray Stevenson did look a lot like Tim Bradstreet’s Max Imprint illustrations but I liked Thomas Jane as Frank Casle better though. A less cartoonish take on Jigsaw and Looney Bin Jim would have been better. Now that Marvel has The Punisher back they may make a truer adaptation.

    • Juggernaut

      They could use Barracuda as the main villain. I keep hoping that once Marvel has all of their characters back as movie properties they cast one person as Kingpin and he can be in a Punisher, Daredevil, Luke Cage, IronFist and Spider-Man movie. That would be awesome!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I thought Cage was perfect for GR. Then again, Cage always makes me grin. He’s so … kooky. This guy would be great to have a beer with and I gotta respect someone who is that so obviously “off” and still found a way to become a movie star.

      As for the Punisher, that’s just the character. When your biggest nemesis is a dude with a stitched up face, it’s kinda hard to find a villain. That’s why I always thought the Punisher would have worked better as a TV show. A hardcore, HBO TV show. It’s one of the reasons why I never liked it when the character crossed over to other Marvel books. He just shouldn’t exist in a world of tights and flying guys.

      • Juggernaut

        That’s why he should, in theory, be one of the easiest to translate to a film. For some reason none of the three movies have hit the mark. I know that there is a lot of “make it darker” talk when tryng to adapt comic book movies, however that is exactly what a proper Punisher flick needs. It doesn’t just need to be dark it needs to be super dark! Massive body count, blood, gore, the whole shebang! Having it play more like a gritty crime drama than a Marvel Superhero movie. There are lots of places that the character can go from the comics. It would just need to be done the right way by the right director. An ‘R’ rating is a must. Then you could have a lot of the more unsavory stories to work with. An HBO series would be great.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          IMO the first one was too bright and shiny (Castle’s murdered family notwithstanding) and the second one was just THIS close to being a splatter film. They need to find someone who can make it grim and gritty but not go overboard with the gore.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          IMO the first one was too bright and shiny (Castle’s murdered family notwithstanding) and the second one was just THIS close to being a splatter film. They need to find someone who can make it grim and gritty but not go overboard with the gore.

      • Juggernaut

        That’s why he should, in theory, be one of the easiest to translate to a film. For some reason none of the three movies have hit the mark. I know that there is a lot of “make it darker” talk when tryng to adapt comic book movies, however that is exactly what a proper Punisher flick needs. It doesn’t just need to be dark it needs to be super dark! Massive body count, blood, gore, the whole shebang! Having it play more like a gritty crime drama than a Marvel Superhero movie. There are lots of places that the character can go from the comics. It would just need to be done the right way by the right director. An ‘R’ rating is a must. Then you could have a lot of the more unsavory stories to work with. An HBO series would be great.

  • Eagle Eye

    I don’t know anything really about the 3 Punisher films. Though, about this Ghost Rider, considering that the kid hes gonna save is called Danny Ketch i would excpect a little something at the end. Maybe they could have it that at the end Danny is narating (and make him 18 in this scene) and says: “That was how Ghost Rider saved me, and how the Spirit of Vengeance changed me” and then have his eyes go flaming red. Something like that would be seriously cool!!!

    • Juggernaut

      That would be cool. Then have Cage return in the sequel as human Blaze to assist Dan Ketch’s Ghost Rider. I like that scenario.

  • Eagle Eye

    Yeah, and Cage can be like the caretaker in the first one, a suporting role, plus, i gotta admit i would love to see The Ketch Ghost Rider’s Bike on the big screen!!

    • Juggernaut

      That would be sweet! I was only a big Ghost Rider fan in the mid-to late 90′s. That was the time when Blaze was human and helping Dan Ketch. The first film tried to make his look and the look of the bike an amalgam of Ketch and Blaze. One of th coolest and most distinctive things about Blaze was his signature jacket, which was left out of the film completely. Ketch’s jacket was like the one worn by Blaze in the first film when he transforms (spikes and chain). The bike was different than both bikes, more supernatural, but still had the face like front that Ketch’s had. Ugh, what a mess. I hope that they can make some sense out of it in this one.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Well to be fair the original Johnny Blaze look is outdated. The classic jacket was a 70s look, though they could’ve updated it. Also in the comics Blaze pretty much has the Dan Ketch look which is why they probably gave it to him for these movies. Loved the bike in the first movie and this one looks boring. Anyway I love Eagle Eye’s idea and they could mix the Midnight Sons stories with the recent GR stories with angels and such.

    • Juggernaut

      That would be sweet! I was only a big Ghost Rider fan in the mid-to late 90′s. That was the time when Blaze was human and helping Dan Ketch. The first film tried to make his look and the look of the bike an amalgam of Ketch and Blaze. One of th coolest and most distinctive things about Blaze was his signature jacket, which was left out of the film completely. Ketch’s jacket was like the one worn by Blaze in the first film when he transforms (spikes and chain). The bike was different than both bikes, more supernatural, but still had the face like front that Ketch’s had. Ugh, what a mess. I hope that they can make some sense out of it in this one.

  • Eagle Eye

    The Burnt look of the Skull is very cool, though i kinda wanted/excpected Johnny to have long hair after 8 years!!

  • Eagle Eye

    The Burnt look of the Skull is very cool, though i kinda wanted/excpected Johnny to have long hair after 8 years!!

    • Juggernaut

      Me too. That would have been almost enough for me. Have him kinda being on the run after being a suspect in a bunch of vigilante cases/murders of criminals. They could have taken that angle. They already have him hiding out in Eastern Europe.

      • Eagle Eye

        The real question is, if they do set up the sequel for Danny Ketch, who could play him?

      • Eagle Eye

        The real question is, if they do set up the sequel for Danny Ketch, who could play him?

      • Eagle Eye

        The real question is, if they do set up the sequel for Danny Ketch, who could play him?

      • Eagle Eye

        The real question is, if they do set up the sequel for Danny Ketch, who could play him?

        • Juggernaut

          I suppose it would depends on who is playing him in this one and what he looks like. I like Garrett Hedlund for the part.

  • Eagle Eye

    Thats is crazy, that is exactly who i was thinking of, Garett Hedlund!! Though if he had to be older i would say Tom Cruise or Joe Flanigan, i mean, just look at this pic and tell me this is’nt oozing with Danny Ketch’ness:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N1p0cPwS5cc/TV-mHcDDG7I/AAAAAAAAAVA/nk5LmiLikRw/s1600/Mission_Impossible_2__XVID___2000_-fanart2_poster.jpg

    http://www.youpimobile.com/up/images/cinema/mission_impossible_2.jpg