It's one of the more under the radar superhero movies set to hit theaters in the next year, but Sony's Nicolas Cage-starring sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is revving up its promotion after a bow at this year's Comic-Con International. And today saw the film's first official trailer make its debut on Apple's website, as introduced by directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
Best known for their high-octain, low-sanity "Crank" films, Neveldine and Taylor were expected to bring a more "Road Warrior"/Grindhouse feel to the adventures of Marvel Comics' Johnny Blaze, and Cage is the only returning cast member for this new Ghost Rider film, which also stars Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert, Violante Placido, Ciarán Hinds as the Devil and Johnny Whitworth as the villain Blackout. The screenplay came from Scott M. Gimple and Seth Hoffman off of a story by David S. Goyer.
From the looks of the trailer, some of Neveldine and Taylor's distinctive action touches will be a part of the new film as the road epic film utilizes slow motion gunplay, high speed street carnage and more than a few tongue-in-cheek uses of Blaze's fire-based powers. The trailer also teases glimpses of the villains of the piece as well as the main hero's search for redemption. The trailer also reveals that "Spirit of Vengeance" will be the first live action movie to utilize Marvel's Marvel Knights branding.
“We basically completely re-envisioned the whole start of the character, and actually had to re-engineer the origin of the Ghost Rider,” Taylor said last year at SXSW. “The whole mythology behind the Ghost Rider that existed in the comic books never really made sense to me, so we sort of had to re-engineer the entire back-story of the Ghost Rider into something new.
“We’re just looking at it as an evolution. The movie takes place years later. We’re not disowning the first movie but this Ghost Rider is an evolved form of the previous Ghost Rider. And the mythology that went behind it is stuff that never got delved into in the first movie, anyway. Like, they don’t talk about who the demon is from when Johnny Blaze becomes the Ghost Rider. We get into that and really get into who that guy is, what his story is, and what makes GR the way that he is.”
Check out a full gallery of screencaps from the trailer below, and be sure to check out CBR's coverage of the film from Comic-Con including this press conference report and interviews with Cage and Whitworth.
"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" will roll into theaters in 3D on Feb. 17, 2012. For more info stay tuned to CBR News and Spinoff Online.