I hope it doesn’t ruin whatever credibility I have to say this, but I kind of didn’t hate Nicolas Cage’s first Ghost Rider movie. It isn’t “good” by any stretch of the proverbial imaginiation, but I’ve seen worse movies — and definitely much worse comic book adaptations. Still, I never thought that flick would get a sequel, much less one that looked much more entertaining than its predecessor, like the filmmakers took the inherent absurdity in the subject matter and really let loose with flaming skeleton demon hunter abandon. But that’s exactly what Neveldine and Taylor, directors and screenwriters of the Jason Statham adrenal/snuff Crank films, have done. By the looks of the their self-introduced trailer for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, anyway:
While a distinct lack of Nicolas Cage is welcome, considering the last time he played supernatural stuntman Johny Blaze we saw more of him than necessary, I do, admittedly, think that a full-on, crazed-out, The Wicker Man Nic Cage would probably make this trailer even more radass . Have him set a man on fire with his flame-urine, not just ghostwrite his name in the grass. The man left integrity long ago, so I kind of wish they’d let him Cage Out without the benefit of CGI. Then again, CGI is sort of the point, isn’t it? Maybe in a future installment, instead of pulling the “You should be afraid of me” schtick, he’ll try the “You think fire pee is something to see, just wait’ll I sex up Eva Mendes” trick. We have until the flick’s February 17, 2012 release date to find out (though, a lack of Eva Mendes in the credits might put the kibosh on that before then).
Until that happens, however, we can at least look forward to Ciaran Hinds, HBO’s “Rome“‘s Julius Caesar, as the Devil (the “Devil” Devil). S’loads better than the kid from American Beauty, innit?
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show We’re Not Fanboys, and can be found ghost riding the jib on the Twitter @RobOfWar. Seriously, he recommends that if you need a good laugh and haven’t The Wicker Man, you totally should.