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Comic-Con Movies 2011: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

The Sony/Columbia Pictures panel in Hall H was one of the most highly anticipated at Comic-Con this year, opening with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Stars Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth took the stage alongside directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Behind the scenes footage was shown, and fans (assuming they exist) were assured that real bones, not CGI, will be broken on film.

Much of the film’s 3-D aspects were touted in the footage shown, as well as a revamped look for the titular hero. From what can be told, the cast, crew and especially Sony are looking to have thrown out the first flick and bring Ghost Rider to the screen with a greater sense of badassness. Cage is quick to point out that in “Vengeance,” Johnny Cage will be a more “sarcastic, edgy, ironic” Rider than his predecessor. Can Nic Cage do badass though? (I just answered my own question.)

One thing stressed by the always awesome Elba (see The Wire for proof) is that Neveldine and Taylor insisted that the entire cast do its own stunts. Says Elba, there is “no safety” when working with the directing duo, but that it helped to get into his character as a result. Elba also said how much he’d love to play Luke Cage ... Marvel gods, please let it be so.

Otherwise, there wasn't much shown of "Ghost Rider" that we didn't already know. They look to bring a coolness factor to the figure, but again, Nic Cage ...


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