01 September 2006

Superheroes on Screen - Ghost Rider Update and Some Toon News

Mark Steven Johnson, director of the upcoming film Ghost Rider, has answered some fans questions on the official movie blog. Nothing mind blowing here, but worth a quick read:


Hey guys, thanks for checking out the Official Ghost Rider site. A lot of you have written in asking me questions about the movie. I'll do my best to keep you up to date as we get closer and closer to February 16th. MSJ


Ghost Rider Questions


Shawn S: What's the film making experience like when shooting a flick about a character that's loved by so many fans?
MSJ: Well, the good news is that I AM one of those fans so I've done my best to pay tribute to the Marvel comic character. I grew up with Ghost Rider and just like some of you I've waited a long time to see a Ghost Rider movie. There's a lot of pressure to make good on that but it's pressure that I welcome. I'm hopeful that the movie will introduce the Ghost Rider to a whole new generation of fans while reminding the faithful why he's the coolest character in the Marvel Universe!

Edwin P: What I was wondering, who designed and built that awesome bike, because that's a totally new cool look for the movie adaptation!

MSJ: Thanks, I think so too! Although I kept the look of the Ghost Rider close to the 90's era comics, I did feel that the motorcycle could be improved upon. I always liked that the Batmobile looked like Batman and likewise I felt that the Ghost Rider's cycle should resemble the Ghost Rider. Early concept art by Crash McCreery helped me explore this idea until we came up with the look you see now. It's a bit Geiger in design but without being sci-fi. Hellfire, in our movie, affects metal in a specific way -- from the spikes on G.R.'s leather jacket, to the motorcycle, to a shotgun. All are given a "personality" and a look of our hero. We discussed having a Jesse James or O.C.C. build the bike, but in the end what we wanted was fantasy, not realism, and the building of the bike fell under my excellent Production Designer, Kirk Petrucelli.

Steven B: I was hoping you could let me know if there are any intentions on releasing a Ghost Rider album besides the Christopher Young score. Have there been any final selections of songs from artists yet?

MSJ: A soundtrack or score is definitely a possibility but nothing has been decided at this time. That being said, Christopher Young wrote a beautiful score that is exactly what the movie is -- a horror/western hybrid. There are a few songs in the movie but I should reserve comment until the deals are closed. My good friends from Spiderbait did a few songs for the flick too, including a cover of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" that really kicks ass. If you don't know Spiderbait you should check them out ("Tonight Alright" in particular).

Bryan S: OK, first I wanna say I love Nicholas Cage. He's definitely in my top 5 favorite actors and it's great to see him as a superhero, but I have to ask - Why did you chose Nic? Any particular reason?

MSJ: He's one of my favorite actors, too! He's also one of my favorite people. I've always looked at Ghost Rider as a classic monster movie. And there's a part of Nic that reminds me of Lon Chaney. Nic enjoys changing his look from movie to movie; he's not afraid to alter his face and body to totally inhabit a role. I think you'll agree that the Nic in GHOST RIDER and the Nic in ADAPTATION look nothing alike! That ability gives us not only Johnny Blaze, but the Ghost Rider inside of Johnny Blaze. Nic is a huge fan of Ghost Rider as well. He loves the character and has been a part of it's development for a long time. So it wasn't really a matter of me choosing Nic, it was really a matter of Nic believing in me and the story that I wanted to tell.

Tyson A: When was Ghost Rider made? What comic book was he first seen in? What kind of weapons does he have?

MSJ: The first Ghost Rider was a western comic put out by Marvel back in 1949, then later re-imagined by writers Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich in 1967. The Ghost Rider as we know him today was first introduced back in 1972 in Marvel Spotlight Vol. 1 by Thomas and Friedrich. Ghost Rider's weapons are many: his superhuman strength, his heavy chain which he used like a whip, his ability to manipulate fire, his motorcycle, which can ride up buildings, and probably most importantly, the Penance Stare. The Penance Stare is a look that the Ghost Rider gives his victims which sears the victim's soul -- it doesn't kill, but it makes the sinner feel all of the sins he's ever committed to others. Death would be a welcome relief to anyone suffering the Ghost Rider's Penance Stare!

Steven B: Will Ghost Rider still fight against those who shed innocent blood?

MSJ: Big time. You'll see!

JW: If this film does well will we see a sequel?

MSJ: Absolutely. We'd all love to do one as long as it improves upon the original.

Joseph M: Can you make a Ghost Rider video game?

MSJ: It's already being developed by 2k Games and Climax. The game will be released to coincide with the movie. In the meantime, check out the site from time to time -- there's a new game coming and it's cool!

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Animation Updates:

Fantastic Four debuts this Saturday on the Cartoon Network. The first episode is Trial by Fire. Doom will appear in the second episode, and look for a showdown between the Thing and the Hulk in the first few episodes as well.


In the season 4 premier of the Batman episode A Matter of Family Mark Hamill (voice of Batman: the Animated Series Joker) will voice Tony Zucco who offs young Dick Grayson's family. Dick's daddy will be voiced by Batman: the Animated Series Kevin Conroy, voice of that series Batman/Bruce Wayne. So, the joker will finally triumph over the Bat (at least in some weird voice actor continuity).

3 comments:

toast said...
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toast said...

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Animated Toast!

Chip Chief said...

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