There's a little challenge in marketing Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, as 2007's Ghost Rider performed pretty well and increased awareness of the Marvel Comics character, but was not generally well received by audiences or fans. So how can the sequel, which is very nearly a reboot in many important respects, bank off that awareness whilst also promising a wholly different experience, courtesy of aggro-directing duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor? Two new pieces of poster artwork for the sequel suggest that the approach in selling Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is to go way, way over the top in order to convey the film's wild tone, which is miles away from Mark Steven Johnson's cartoonish round with the property.
These two new pieces of artwork join the pair unveiled last week, and are very much in the same style. To view those, click right here. The new additions debuted just today at SuperHeroHype.
Neveldine/Taylor are responsible for both Crank and its sequel Crank: High Voltage, as well as Gamer starring Gerard Butler. Interestingly, they were briefly attached to write and direct Jonah Hex, but ended up having pretty much nothing to do with the eventual film.
For Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, avowed comic book enthusiast Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze, though he's the only consistent element between the first film and this one. Additionally, this time he actually provides the performance for Ghost Rider when he's in full-flaming head mode, which was not the case in 2007 film. Cage is joined by The Wire's Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert of Highlander, Johnny Whitworth from Limitless and Empire Records, as well as Ciaran Hinds, who played Julius Caesar on HBO's Rome.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance arrives in 3D on February 17, 2012.