SDCC 2011: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Panel/Footage Reactions

I’m going to preface this article with just one question; is anyone out there looking forward to Ghost Rider 2? Of the billions and billions of people on this planet Earth, has anyone ever had this film on there radar?  Because I certainly didn’t.  After the disaster that was 2007’s Ghost Rider,I don’t think a single person expected anything out of Ghost Rider 2. But maybe the general lack of interest benefited the film at this year’s Comic Con because, coming out of the show, how awesome Ghost Rider 2 looked was certainly a highlight.

If I was to choose the worst superhero movies ever created, Ghost Rider would certainly make the list.  I hated that film, and couldn’t believe that such a crappy film could hit the market coming from Marvel.  Because of this, I had zero interest in Ghost Rider 2. Nicolas Cage was returning, and I assumed the mediocrity was returning as well.  But then Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor joined the film, and my interest was slightly raised.  In no way was I looking forward to the film, but I at least thought it would make an interesting failure.  But now, after what I’ve seen at this year’s Comic Con, Ghost Rider 2 may just crack my top 10 most anticipated films of next year.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.

The panel began with a behind the scenes video showcasing the way Neveldine and Taylor shot the film.  To put it bluntly, it was pretty batshit insane.  You see one of them holding onto a motorcycle in a pair of motorcycles as it goes at ridiculously high speeds.  You see another FLING themselves off a cliff dangerously attached to a bungie cord with a heavy handheld in tow.  There was some crazy shit going down during Ghost Rider 2’s production, and all for a couple of cool shots.  This really shows how far the duo will go to create a kick ass action scene.  They willingly put themselves into harms way JUST for 2 seconds of film.  It’s pretty valiant filmmaking, and a coward like me certainly appreciates there bravado.

But well the behind the scene video was cool, it was really the trailer that sold me on the film.  You know all that crap in the first film?  Well, you can throw that out the window; Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance looks ridiculously badass, and maybe even a little terrifying.  Nicolas Cage called the first film a “family film” and, well I wouldn’t go that far, it does look like My Little Pony compared to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Ghost Rider shouldn’t be like other superheros; he’s straight out of hell, and should act that way.  Nicolas Cage himself is playing ol’ Skull and Bones, and he seems to be having fun with the role.

Ghost Rider 2

Actors Johnny Whitworth, Idris Elba, and Nicolas Cage.

Just from the two or so minutes that were screened at Comic Con, it seems like the film has really nailed the Ghost Rider tone.  This guy pisses out flame (literally), not makes wisecracks.  Neveldine and Taylor seem to have a firm grasp on what makes Ghost Rider who he is, and I can’t wait to see the finished product.  Never in a million years did I think I’d say this, but I can’t freaking wait to see Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.