New ‘Ghost Rider 2′ Poster & Early Reactions

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ghost rider poster reactions New Ghost Rider 2 Poster & Early Reactions

Sony’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has been earning some decent buzz of late, thanks to a fairly well-received official teaser trailer, a good showing at the 2011 New York Comic-Con, and a circulating collection of unofficial one-sheets that stylishly recreate some of the more memorable imagery on display in the film’s initial theatrical promo (ex. Johnny Blaze spewing a flaming wave of bullets).

Today, we have a new official poster for the Ghost Rider sequel, along with some reactions from those who got an early look at the flick recently – while attending Harry Knowles’ annual “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” screening event.

Here is an official synopsis for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance:

Johnny (Nicolas Cage) – still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciarán Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

Spirit of Vengeance was scripted by Scott M. Gimple (FlashForward, The Walking Dead) and Seth Hoffman (Prison Break), based on a story by David S. Goyer (the Blade franchise, Batman Begins). That trio have reportedly designed the Ghost Rider followup as more of a genuine mythological horror-action romp that is significantly darker and grittier than its predecessor – a quality reflected in the film’s visual design, as is nicely illustrated by the official poster below:


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Here’s the real million dollar question: has Spirit of Vengeance directing duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) managed to deliver a final product that works as an entertaining revamping of the Ghost Rider movie franchise?

Read some of the early Twitter responses from those who’ve seen the film and see what you think:

  • Devin Faraci (Badass Digest): GHOST RIDER 2 manages to make me look fondly back on GHOST RIDER. Unbearable.
  • Peter Sciretta (/Film): Ghost Rider 2 improves over the first film, but script [was] boring, post converted 3d is not great.
  • George Hickman (Scene-Stealers): Ghost Rider 2: better, but not badass enough. Holds back too much and story’s weak. But its target audience of teenage boys should love it. And is it a rule that all superhero sequels need to have plots involving them giving up, losing, or walking away from their powers?
  • Jonathan Chang (No One Man): GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE is next year’s PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. I’ll let you decide if that’s good or bad. [The] 3D sucked.
  • Scott Weinberg (Rotten Tomatoes): GHOST RIDER 2 played. I have nothing else to add.

Overall, it sounds like the early consensus is mixed to negative on the Ghost Rider sequel so far, as far as its thematic quality does. It’s also pretty disappointing to hear that the film’s 3D effects aren’t up to scratch either, given the crazy guerilla filmmaking tactics that Neveldine and Taylor employed in order to create what (in early footage) look like some ingeniously-realized shots and bits of cinematography during the film’s action sequences. Still, best to wait and hear more from the movie blogger and professional film critic community as a whole, before jumping on the hate train just yet…

You can draw your own conclusions about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance by catching the film when it hits U.S. theaters on February 17th, 2012.

Source: Sony/Columbia Pictures, CBM

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  1. …i guess this could technically be the first disappointment of 2012?? two years in a row nick cage takes the gold (season of the witch was the first movie of 2011)

    • I enjoyed Season of the WItch.

      • i understand sir

      • I enjoyed it too :)

        • I third that. It DEFINITELY wasn’t one of his worst movies *cough* Wicker Man *cough*. And I am a Cage fan!

      • Oh, you dated her, too?

    • me fourth =)

  2. All aboard the hate train!

    • Woot Woot

      • hah

  3. Quite don’t know what to think,im not a big ghostrider fan thought the first one was alright my friend fell asleep on it in the theatre lol wake up.I liked the villian. but after talking to die hard fans they made me realize why they hated it so much,so i guess we’ll see with sequel only time will tell.

  4. Anyone expecting anything above “meh” is fooling themselves.

  5. Nicolas Cage in a bad movie? No way.

  6. Did someone really expect this movie to be good?

    • yeah it looks like some people did

  7. My hopes for this flick, like the first, were already in the gutter. How does Nick Cage keep getting gigs!? He won an Oscar for an overrated performance (Dreyfus for life!) No reason to keep giving this dude money!!!
    plus, is there a script that Nick wont agree to? I’m thinking hes the go-to actor for development hell scripts. Studios can’t meet their quota, so they say “Screw it, just get Nick to do it!”

  8. This is another one of those times when not even understanding the material could be hampering any attempt at making a respectable film. The Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider stuff from the 80’s had a real campy feel and was not ultra-popular. The Ghost Rider that actually sold comics (before they ran it into the ground), was the Danny Ketch series. They threw Blaze back in later and then it all went to Hell(no pun intended), but to try and keep building off of Nick Cage and his ham and cheese portrayal is just going to keep getting similar results.

  9. The poster looks like a comic book cover, heh.

    Guys, watch the trailer though. The movie looks vastly improved over the first one.

    • The trailer was actually why i was going to give this another shot, despite not recasting cage. however..after all of the reviews saying the same thing why bother? it’s one thing to be severely iffy about a sequel to a movie after the first one sucked, and if you’re willing to try again great. but when you have that mentality of “the first one sucked so we’ll see” and you’re already overly critical and THEN a bunch of reviews come out saying what you were afraid of…it’s time to give up. Who cares there’s like 35 other better movies coming out.

      • I didn’t know there were reviews yet. Darn.

      • Oh now I see the twitter comments in the article above. One of these times I just saw the poster and went to comments immediately. Oops.

        Doesn’t sound good so far.

  10. It’s easy to see how people would hate this movie when people have been bashing it left and right ever since the idea was proposed.

    I’m not expecting this film to do well critic wise.
    I’m not expecting this film to be better than The Avengers or Batman 3.

    But I’m still planning on seeing this film because I liked what I saw from the trailer.
    If anyone has a problem with me giving Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance a fair shot, then by all means, call the cinema police on me.

    • ^^ THIS!!!

    • I think someone just put themselves in the running for comment of the day. I agree 100% with your post.

  11. Test screenings are usually meant to be used as a marketing device, if it has good response then they are doing the right thing if not then back to the edit bay, and 2 months till release they can change the final edit to make it better, the 3-D is probably(hopefully)incomplete as with 2 months to tweak it out for wide release. I just hope they do fix what is wrong, if anything at all, since this had hate since the beginning of production. The trailer is great, very hyper and kinetic. But will have to wait and see on Feb. 17th. I liked Nic in this role and hopefully he can bring a darker tone to Johnny this time around as Ghost Rider should be, he is like Spawn in a sense, very dark and can’t live the “normal” super hero life since he has the “Rider” in him. Never read the comics but a deal made with the devil to live makes for a dark story. So hopefully it’s a little more grotesque and really hoping Johnny has that classic motorcycle attitude(Easy Rider). But the directors did write Jonah Hex….but also made Crank and Gamer, so who knows. Feb. 17th we will know.

    • Really with u on dis one bro hope they turn it around

  12. They still have a couple months until the release, I’m sure they’ll be working on it crazily over those next couple months to turn peoples reviews around. Personally, I will see this movie regardless of what critics/bloggers say (no offense!) because, personally, not many have the same taste in movies as I do – most also over criticize movies because it’s their job. One movie that I loved that was bashed by critics was ‘Chronicles of Riddick’.

    I am a Cage fan. I love his demeanor and how he acts. In most of his movies he has this maniac type style (National Treasure series not included) and I love that. ‘Face/Off’ is and will always be one of my all-time favorite movies BECAUSE of Cage and his portrayal of Castor Troy.

    I didn’t think that the first ‘Ghost Rider’ movie was horrible, to be honest. It’s what I walked into the theater to see (three times, btw). I have faith in the sequel!

    • Are my comments being monitored? Lmao. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before: “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

      • Sin

        Face/off is a briliant movie! Its def in my top 10!

      • I think the word M.A.N.I.A.C. probably got flagged.

  13. maybe for ghost rider 3, they should just save money on special FX and just set Nicholas Cage’s head on fire for real. I’d watch that.

    • Good one Sir Genital. May I call you ‘Genital’?

      • Is that a military rank (oh–that didn’t say “General”, did it??) like “Private Parts”?

  14. First GR movie: crud. How couldn’t this movie be better? Nic Cage= terrible.

  15. I don’t know I think that will all be pleasantly surprised

  16. Erm… I’ll just pass…. >_>

  17. i feel like this movie is going to have a b-movie style to it that alot of people wont appreciate or understand, thats kind of nevildine/taylors thing, they did it in crank but MUCH more in crank 2 high voltage. while the first ghost rider was just bad, i feel like this one will have a certain campy feel to it but its done intentionally (is campy the right phrase to use?)

  18. Going by this it looks like GR may be joining the proper Marvel movieverse once Sony decides it isn’t worth keeping GR’s rights and lets them revert back to MNarvel

  19. Nope. Wait…nope. Alright, I will watch when it hits Netflix.

  20. The movies already complete??? Wow. They really dont release alot about this movie with only releasing this poster, a promotional poster and a trailer, and the movie is out in 2 months. They need to start revealing more trailers and posters! Also I was hoping this movie would be better, no surprise the 3D sucked though, everytime its converted the 3d wind’s up being crap (Thor and Cap) if its not converted (Transformers) than its pretty good.

    • “The movies already complete??? Wow. They really dont release alot about this movie” — maybe that’s because no one cares 😉
      But seriously, I don’t know a single person interested in (or who even knows about) Ghost Rider 2 other than myself.

      Hopefully Marvel will regain the rights to GR and have a go at it themselves (Like I’ve said, I’m not really a GR fan, but I know enough about the character to say that a movie about him could be pretty awesome of done right).

  21. Picture looks like it should be on a music album by Meat Loaf!

  22. Never let this moronic duo direct another film ever. These guys make Mark Johnson look like a cinematic auteur.
    Just give ghost rider back to marvel already

  23. I had a feeling from the start that SR2 would suck (the same feeling I had about Green Lantern sucking as well) — I think my superpower is knowing which comic-book movies will be good and which will be bad 😉 – I kid of course (kinda).

    Still, I can’t possibly form an opinion about the movie until I’ve seen it, and the thing is, I’ve never been a GR fan, so there really is no way I could say anything else about it or trust the above “critical responses” until I’ve seen it for myself.

    That said: I’ll see you guys in the theater (probably not on opening night though… actually, maybe I’ll just catch it on TV in a year and save myself the trouble of paying money ;))

  24. “And is it a rule that all superhero sequels need to have plots involving them giving up, losing, or walking away from their powers?”

    Within the comic book series, Johnny Blaze has not been the Ghost Rider for years. Carter Slade, Danny Ketch, and Alejandra were once taken over by the Ghost Rider. When I was collecting comic books in the 90s, Danny Ketch (Ghost Rider) and Johnny Blaze (human) would always team up for action.