The original movies of ‘Ghost Rider’ have for some reason been a hot topic as of late first with director Brian Taylor talking about the television version being “vanilla” and now Nicolas Cage weighing in on the character. Specifically, Cage was asked what he would have thought of an R-Rated version of Ghost Rider and the actor is all in on the idea:
“Y’know, GHOST RIDER was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie. David Goyer had a brilliant script, which I wanted to do with David and for whatever reason they just didn’t let us make the movie. But that movie is a still a movie that should be made, not with me obviously, but it should be an R-rated movie-heck, DEADPOOL was R-rated, and that did great. GHOST RIDER was designed to be a scary superhero with an R-rating and edge, and they just didn’t have it worked out back then.”
I think the best things here are that Cage recognizes he shouldn’t be the one who plays the Spirit of Vengeance in another outing, that if ‘Deadpool’ can work this would too, and that the timing just wasn’t right. While I’d prefer to see an R-Rated ‘Ghost Rider’ on Netflix these days, it is a character that we’ll likely not see.
Assuming the days of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ won’t be over this season one can only hope that they will find a way to either bring Ghost Rider back or spin him into his own show. The iteration they created was phenomenal, and while he would work better in a darker environment, Marvel TV has proven it doesn’t need gore to make the character’s darker nature work.
Do you agree that if a new ‘Ghost Rider’ movie was to be made that it should be Rated R? Share your thoughts below, True Believers!