Norman Reedus says yes!
No, he’s not playing the Man from Del Monte in an upcoming biopic. Nor did we propose to him and we’re elated with the answer. What he actually said was “f**k yes!”… “f**k yes to playing Ghost Rider!
If the part and opportunity should arise in the near future he said he would love to portray the role of the stunt biker who makes an “innocent deal” with Mephisto to save the life of his step-father and then be turned into a flame-skulled demonic vigilante who dishes out vengeance on behalf of his new horned Daddy. Sounds like oodles of fun.
If you were one of the many poor souls who saw the GR movies starring Nicholas Cage in the bike seat you’d also be seeking out revenge (and a refund) for how awful they were. What drove him to portray an iconic and important character so badly? This is Nicholas Cage – a Coppola! An Academy Award winner! The man who made us laugh in Raising Arizona, made us root for the good guys in The Rock, and told us to “put the bunny back in the box” in Con Air! Also something about bees (see latest episode of The Weekly Show for reference). What happened to this guy? The last great film he made was…was… … …well, it was a long time ago.
After the flambéd disaster that was Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance the rights eventually returned reverted to the Marvel/Disney camp but when done right the story of GR may be too dark and graphic for mass cinema audiences to appreciate or understand. It may live a happier life amongst Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the Punisher and the other Defenders in the seedy and gritty Netflix universe.
With Doctor Strange due out later this year maybe Marvel/Disney/Feige will see fit to introduce more supernatural characters into their motion picture universe.
Reedus is at least no stranger to riding motorcycles and brooding as he can be seen doing so in nearly every episode of The Walking Dead. He already looks the part without even trying. Yet, it’s not the Johnny Blaze character he’d love to play but of Johnny’s long lost brother Danny Ketch, who assumes the mantle of the skeletal vigilante when his girlfriend is brutally slain before him and finds Blaze’s hell hog on a scrap heap. Could Reedus channel Daryl’s pain at losing Beth Greene and numerous friends in TWD to achieve the emotional muster for Ketch?
We do hope the MCU’s TV range grows, as so far the vigilantes are proving to be as popular and in demand as the ‘heroes’ that avenge and protect the Earth. How an intense supernatural like Ghost Rider (or even Moon Knight) would fit into that mould remains to be seen but, dammit, it does sound very promising and cool, doesn’t it?
Ghost Rider (Blaze) was created by Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas and Mike Ploog in Marvel Spotlight #5 (Aug 1972),
(Ketch) by Howard Mackie and Javier Saltares in Ghost Rider vol. 3 #1 (May 1990)