Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2012): Blackout Visual Only To Be Used; Not Based On Marvel Comics
Blackout is to play opposite Ghost Rider in the reboot Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, and directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor offered up the fact that they just took the visuals from the Marvel comic books and didn't bother doing any research.
"We didn't really honestly do a lot of research into the comic book version of Blackout," Taylor admitted to MTV. "We kind of just took the visual of him and went from there."
With that, they give some details on what their version of Blackout will be like and do, in effect cancelling out GR's powers.
"The Devil kind of created the Ghost Rider, but he also created Blackout, so if the Ghost Rider is the result of a demon possessing someone, then Blackout probably is too," Taylor said. "He's just as powerful in his own way. We didn't really explore who that demon was or get into the backstory or the mythology of the villain but in our heads we looked at him as a foil to Ghost Rider."
In the comics, Blackout was actually the archnemesis of Dan Ketch and more akin to a demon-like vampire. Maybe there is hope Nicholas Cage will pass the torch? Personally, I would rather have Ketch in the movies -- and comics.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Ciaran Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son's body on the kid's birthday.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance rides into theaters February 17th, 2012 starring Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.