Nicolas Cage Going 'Darker, Harder' in Ghost Rider 2
04.06.10 by BJSprecher
Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage is easily the highest profile celebrity to admit to being a big comic book fan. Such a big fan, in fact, that Cage changed his name from Coppola to Cage after the alter-ego of Marvel Comics' Power Man, named his son Kal-El after Superman's Kryptonian birth name, and once owned a comic book collection worth more than $1.6 million.
Cage long dreamed of portraying a superhero on the big screen, supposedly lobbying hard for the role of Superman in a proposed Tim Burton "reimagining" of the franchise, even going so far as to suit up for a costume test. Cage finally got his chance to portray a superhero in 2007, strapping on the leather and bursting into flames as the "Spirit of Vengeance" in Ghost Rider, and he is currently starring as the very Batman-esque character of Big Daddy in director Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass. Cage recently made an appearance at the WonderCon comic book convention in support of Kick-Ass, but also spoke briefly about some of his other upcoming projects, including Ghost Rider 2.
With such a strong connection to comic books, Cage did not really need a reason to be at WonderCon, but he shared with a French reporter that he has a kinship with the fans in attendance.
These people are people that enjoy pop art…and I grew up reading comic books, so I think they see me as a brother. And I like to make movies that, hopefully, champion, that give them something to stimulate their imagination. Something just a little bit more abstract.
Cage briefly discussed his starring role in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which is very loosely based on a short segment of Disney's animated classic Fantasia. Cage said that he had taken the concept to producer Jerry Bruckheimer because he knew that Bruckheimer could "fast-track" the movie and give it "panache and entertainment." Cage will also be starring in the 3-D supernatural car thriller Drive Angry in which he will be playing "the undead," in a movie that he described as "cutting edge."
And, considering the fact that he was at a comic book convention, Cage couldn't be let off the hook without at least touching on his return to the role of Johnny Blaze in the sequel to Ghost Rider that he has been talking about since March 2009. Cage said that he was "not sure" whether the movie is shooting for a PG-13 or R-rating, but did say that it will be "darker" than the original.
I like the first one a lot. I like what Mark Steven Johnson did with Ghost Rider. It was sort of like if Walt Disney had taken Faust and made it one of his spectacular fairy tales, out of Faust. But, you can't really do that for kids, you know, because of the subject matter. But, I think that Ghost Rider 2 intends to go into a darker, harder edge. But, we'll see what happens. It's also more international.