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Quint spits hellfire with GHOST RIDER duo Mark Steven Johnson and Eva Mendes!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here... It is a dark and stormy summer night here in Texas. The rain is coming down loudly outside, lightning is flashing, the thunder cracking immediately afterwards. Remembering my POLTERGEIST I can tell that means the storm is really, really close. That damn tree outside my window looks like it just came a little closer... weird...

Anyway, seeing as the weather is hellacious I thought... what better time to transcribe this short interview I did with a couple people involved with GHOST RIDER, director Mark Steven Johnson and star Eva Mendes. This interview was conducted at the San Diego Comic-Con before their presentation, which we talk about briefly... Matter of fact, that FOG interview I posted had just concluded when these lovely folks came over to chat with me. Here we go!

QUINT: I can't wait to see what you guys are going to show at the panel.

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: Well, it's a tough one because we want to show something, but I just wrapped a few weeks ago...


MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: So we don't have Ghost Rider. You know what I mean? It's like, how do you show a GHOST RIDER trailer without showing GHOST RIDER? So, I was really torn about showing something or not 'cause I don't want to disappoint people, but I was convinced it was better to show something than nothing. I think they did a pretty good job.

QUINT: Did you pepper in some concept art or something?

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: No, they made a little teaser. It just won't show a completed Ghost Rider 'cept for a quick flash. It's not really Ghost Rider. In fact it's a grip! (laughs) That we did a test on! It's literally a grip walking around! (laughs) I just wish I could show him today.

EVA MENDES: It actually kinda works in our favor 'cause it makes you want to see it, you know?

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: I hope so. I hope so.

QUINT: I don't know if it's just fate or if it's you seeking them out, but you always seem to be helming movie adaptations for Marvel's darkest characters...

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: I know! Isn't that weird? This is actually the first one I really wanted. When I first met with Avi (Arad) it was for GHOST RIDER and it wasn't available. DAREDEVIL was my other favorite, so I went after that, but this was the first one. It's something that, since I was a kid this is always the one... I mean, you remember especially the ones... Even the ones from the '90s, too, the Danny Ketch ones. Great artwork, you know what I mean? Great villains, too.

QUINT: You know, I hardly ever read straight up GHOST RIDER, but I'd always read, like, Marvel Team-Up, and I'd always read the graphic novels, like the Wolverine/Punisher/Ghost Rider stuff...

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: Yeah, yeah. The Midnight Sons. Yeah.

QUINT: But Ghost Rider to me has always been one of the most visually interesting characters in the entire Marvel universe.


QUINT: It's a shame that you couldn't bring him because people really will want to see him...


EVA MENDES: I don't think you should even show it in the trailers, though, once you start cutting trailers for the movie. Then it'll be, like, a big reveal. It's pretty cool looking, man. It's pretty intense.

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: It is intense. You know, you're so used to seeing it in a comic panel and it's so cool and when you see it when it's really alive, it's intense. That skull with the fire, lookin' at you, comin' with the chains. It's heavy. It's heavy, heavy stuff.

QUINT: You know, I don't even know what tone to expect from the movie. There's just as much horror as there is fantasy as there is action...


QUINT: and drama...

EVA MENDES: And romance!

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: Romance, thank you. There is! There's an element of Beauty and the Beast there for sure. But for me it was about "How do we make something that's going to be different?" You know what I mean? Because there are so many comic book movies coming out. So, that's why I very strongly went for the Western. I thought it'd be cool to do our ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST meets the Hammer film. You know what I mean? Just take two genres and slam 'em together and see what happens! And that's what it looks like! It looks like a Sergio Leone movie just gone fuckin' insane! (laughs)

It's cool 'cause it just doesn't look like anything else. We took it out of New York for that reason, because they're all in New York and this one didn't need it. It's really not like a super hero movie, you know what I mean? To me. It's not a guy who puts a costume on. The tone is like AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Or like a... you probably won't like this... it also reminds me of EVIL DEAD or ARMY OF DARKNESS. You know what I mean? Just fun. A lot of great humor.

EVA MENDES: I won't like that?

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: No, the studio probably won't like it. (laughs)

EVA MENDES: Oh, I was like "Why wouldn't I?!?"

QUINT: Yeah, ARMY OF DARKNESS didn't make any money!

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: Yeah, exactly! That's all they care about, but I happen to love that movie. But (GHOST RIDER)... what's cool about it is it's not like SPIDER-MAN or BATMAN. Most people don't know who he is. We don't have people screaming at us because Roxanne doesn't have blonde hair like she does in the comic, you know what I mean? It's not like that, like it would be for a Mary Jane (Watson, SPIDER-MAN). So, it kinda frees you up...

EVA MENDES: I mean, I didn't know about it. I didn't know about GHOST RIDER at all.

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: It's actually such a strong icon. It's survived all these years because the look is so intense... like you said, it's the most visual of all of 'em. People don't forget that.

QUINT: They just signaled me that I have to wrap it up already...

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: Oh we don't really. Just keep going!

QUINT: But I have to at least shoot a question over to Eva...

EVA MENDES: That's alright! You don't have to!

QUINT: Can you just tell me a little about your character for the people who either know the books and want to know how you're playing the character or for those who don't and just want to know what you're doing in the flick?

EVA MENDES: Well, playing Johnny Blaze's love interest and long lost love, Roxanne, I have to thank Mark over here for picking outside the box and really not trying to match me up with the original Roxanne. Like he said, in the original comic book she was blonde and blue-eyed and just... just... not me! (laughs) It's just really cool that he thought outside the box and went with me.

The other thing, too, is that when I went back I started reading the comic books and I started realizing that she does a lot of, like,... they're great comic book moments, but she whines a lot! It's like, "Noooo! Joooohhhnnyyy!" You know! We have some cool comic book moments, we have a couple 'cause you gotta do it and it's so fun to do as an actress, but she was a little victim-y. So, we just made her a little stronger and a little darker and a little more exotic.

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: (to Eva) But like you said, anybody who'd fall in love with a biker is a pretty cool chick. She's gotta have some balls...

EVA MENDES: She... yeah.

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: ... So to speak.

EVA MENDES: (to me) She actually doesn't have balls.

QUINT: Either that or you're taking it in a really weird direction!


MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: I was going to say! You said you were curious to see what we were going to do!

EVA MENDES: (laughs)

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: So, Roxanne's a hermaphrodite!

QUINT: Hermaphroditic love interest, eh? You don't see that in too many PG-13s!

MARK STEVEN JOHNSON: He did used to call her Rocky a lot!

And there you have it, squirts! I'm really hoping this flick pulls together. Johnson was a really cool guy, probably the most normal geek in power I talked to during the con. I can't wait to see the full GHOST RIDER trailer and see that flaming bastard in his full leather and studs glory!

Hope you enjoyed the chat. Sorry it was so short, but you take what you can get at Comic-Con! This effectively ends my Comic-Con 2005 coverage. Phew... tons of good stuff this year, but I can't rest yet. I still have the TENACIOUS D set visit follow-up with the chat with Liam Lynch as well as at least one Kid in the Hall that I chatted with last week... On top of all that I interviewed the director and producer of THE CHUMSCRUBBER, a flick that I adored. That last one is a long one, but a great insight into the filmmakers of that flick. So, you have all that and more to look forward to in the weeks ahead. 'Til then this is Quint bidding you all a fond farewell and adieu.


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  • Aug. 9, 2005, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Please let it be good

    by liljuniorbrown

    God Please

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by liljuniorbrown

    Alot of people hate this guy because they feel like he ruined Daredevil and i can agree,Daredevil was flawed on alot of levels begining with the suit,but i feel like he was going for the same idea that Batman Begins had trying to base things in reality,but he gave up on that one after about ten minutes and let all kinds of cgi shit hit the fan.I liked the tone of Daredevil and the directors cut was a better movie. I'm just praying to God he pulls this one off because GR is one of my all time favorites.He did one thing right in casting the female lead,my God what a fine ass woman.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Ghost Rider In The West, How Cool Is That?

    by Red Lantern

    I always liked Ghost Rider going down those long stretches of road, skull blazing in the dark. So setting it out west works really well. There was also one comic where he fought a shark. That would be cool if they had that in a movie. Probably won't be in this one though.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I love how MSJ explains the "girls with balls"-joke in the end.

    by Colonel_Blimp

    It works as an image of how the average hollywood film just has to overexplain everything. I would love this movie to work, but everything so far seems to work against it: the crappiness daredevil, nic cage's headpiece, nic cage in general, and the skull picture didn't do anything for me. God, listen to me, I've become a hater! Sorry. Hope I'm wrong about the film. Oh, the western-angle could be cool.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Well Done All The Way Around Quint

    by Prophet Jeremiah

    No one can say you screwed off on AICN's dime, make sure you turn in all your receipts. Good stuff, thanks.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Kick ass

    by numberoneson

    leather biker chick eva mendes

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 7:46 a.m. CST

    If Eva Mendes had balls...

    by masterchappy

    you know all fanboys would be lining up to suck 'em as well as those fine titties too! Hoo yah! What a piece!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:08 a.m. CST

    "and romance.... there's an element of Beauty and the Beast.

    by Stan the Bat

    I think they should stick with just silly, rather than pretentious and silly.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Theres Something About Eva...

    by ZombieSolutions

    That makes me want to learn the Lambada -- the Forbidden Dance! We will dance and sweat and make love like hot fire. She will scream "Ai! Papi!" and i will say things... such sexy, sexy things... and then i will finish in like 30 seconds. Aye caramba, that's one hot curvy luscious latina!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:26 a.m. CST

    It'd Be Cool Is Theres A Scene Of Eva Making Out with GR in

    by ZombieSolutions

    like you see her tounge in his skeleton mouth and their heads are both on fire. but it's the SMOULDERING fire of poorly acted B-Movie PASSION, not the fire of PAIN and PERDITION. dance my sweet hot latina. dance the lambada with thee Devil! vroom! he has a skeleton head and he's on fire! cool!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:33 a.m. CST

    They Need To Do A Movie With Ghost Rider And The Human Torch

    by Captain Sulu

    And Heat Miser.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I'm sure that's worth reading...

    by Mr Bungle

    ...but I just couldn't get past the Eva Mendez cleavage shots. She looks like she could suck the chrome off a barge pole. i'll get back to this sure to be enlightening interview some other time.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by gravitasone

    My God, after reading how much of a hard on there was when interviewing the LOST star I thought for sure I would be getting some hot insight into Mendes. Man what a disappointing interview. I guess it would have been better if Eva was a generic looking, very thin, blonde. Maybe then she would have been engaged more. Despite her incredible overbite, Eva Mendes is clearly ONE of the most attractive women on the screen right now. It is beyond me how many of you think that Maggie Grace is all that hot. By the way I would have asked Johnson what were the lessons he learned from Daredevil

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:52 a.m. CST

    well, MSJ botched Baredevil, and Cage is a tremendous over-actor

    by Uncooked_Meat

    ... and yet, and I keep hoping. I hate myself sometimes.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:53 a.m. CST

    quint doesn't actually interview anyone

    by ZO

    he basically says whats on his mind and makes his own points while the people who don't want to talk anyway just agree with him. not a way to interview someone

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I want to look forward to this movie, but I have so many doubts.

    by Heathicus

    Ghost Rider is my #3 all-time favorite comic book character. I grew up in an outlaw biker family. Evil Knievel was one of my heroes. When I was a kid reading the Johnny Blaze series, there was a connection there like some kids must have had with the early Spider-Man comics. So I really want a good movie with him. BUT, I'm really expecting a stinker. 1) I HATE Nicholas Cage (as an actor - he may be a really great guy off-screen for all I know). I can't enjoy a movie that he's in because the whole time I'm watching it, all I can think about is "Man, I hate Nicholas Cage." 2) This is the man who gave us Daredevil? I'm not even a big Daredevil fan so I didn't have a lot of preconceived notions of what a Daredevil movie should be before watching it. And it STANK. Worst comic book based movie I've ever seen (except maybe Batman & Robin). With a really bad writer/director and a really bad lead actor, I just don't see how an enjoyable movie can come out of this.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:41 a.m. CST

    So last night Eva and I....

    by masterchappy

    fucked like wild animals. I had the rubber gloves, scented oils and the 'spreader' out... needless to say, she ain't going to walk right for a week.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:54 a.m. CST

    The Chest of Eva Mendes...

    by Graphix67

    Good Lord Quint! Couldn't you make it any more obvious??? Just take a dozen closeup pics of her boobs and be done with it... You didn't even have to waste any pics on Steven Johnson just to make it look good!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Yes, But Did You Dance With EVA? Did You Dance... the LAMBADA?

    by ZombieSolutions

    "ah no no stop, is too sexy, TOO SEXY!!! Ai! Papi!" she screamed and screamed as we danced, Danced DANCED to thee rhythm of the night... thee rhythm of LAMBADA!!! THEE FORBIDDEN DANCE!!! (later on, deep in thee hot night of passion, with Miami Sound Machine playing softly on the boombox, i shot a hot load of genetic goo up her caboose. yes, she choo choo choose me... to be her lover. her knight. her man. and yes, her passion, it is unquenchable by dance or frequent poundings with my massive man meat. she is insatiable! and hot... hot like fire!)

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Johnson is a Good Guy And Ghost Rider will rock!!

    by Johnny Storm

    He was cool at the Con.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:42 a.m. CST

    how dare this hack mention ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

    by fried samurai

    Its my favorite film of all time.I've seen both the regular and directors cut of DAREDEVIL and their both pieces of shit.The playground scene is unforgivable.If Leone were still alive he'd bitch slap Johnson for mentioning OUATITW...peace

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I know it's been said a thousand times before, but the Dared

    by KaptainKurt

    It's just a shame it never got released theatrically. If the Studio leaves this one alone it will be good IMHO.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:49 a.m. CST

    The Western is a Good Idea

    by PeterPeterPeter

    At least someone is trying something different. Like the Hellcycle.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I Don't Know Man, DAREDEVIL Was Pretty Bad

    by ZombieSolutions

    it's definately the worst of the new glut of hero movies. yes, way worse than BLADE 3. i haven't seen CATWOMAN yet. maybe that's worse than DAREDEVIL? Ben Afleck is just soooo terrible. it was embarrasing to watch. i felt embarrased for humanity.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I liked Daredevil

    by PeterPeterPeter

    Go ahead and kill me now...

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Been looking forward to this one...

    by JackKennedy

    More than any other comic movie. I always thought GR would make a great movie. The western is a good start.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST

    check out

    by DC CAB

    MSJ just gave a good update there and he stops in from time to time to answer questions. Harry you need some new animations!!!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:14 a.m. CST

    and you can see why Eva Mendez didn't really want to talk to

    by Sayhey Kid

    with all the stupid ass (not funny) anal sex/tit comments by people who've never been laid in their lives. And Daredevil (either version) wasn't nearly bad as the HULK. Embarrasing to humanity, indeed. Get real.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Why do we get a nice long interview for a stupid movie like the


    C'mon, Quint!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Spy camera

    by hammerbutt

    Quint I've noticed all your photos of actresses are taken when they are not looking. Do you tell them you are taking their picture or do you have a spy camera in your hat? No doubt you have a camera under the table for your upskirt collection as well.

  • What bugs me is how it seem that Marvel will give their properties over to any hack out there. Apparently they aren't concerned with making a good movie. Daredevil failed to be good on every level - ludicrous story, confusing battle scenes, zero chemistry between Affleck and Garner,etc. Tim Story's FF was terrible as well, sure it makes money, but it does so at the expense of the properties' integrity. Punisher also sucked as did Man-Thing. If you're a fan of the comics or even just a fan of a decent movie - Avi Arad is dangerous.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by gravitasone

    I actually thought Punisher was pretty good, and it did have it share of movie critics who also thought it was decent. While I didn

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 1:19 p.m. CST

    has potnetial

    by Right Bastard

    I never saw Daredevil, because I hate Ben (no)Affect. I love the GR comic, but I'll admit that I only read the Danny Ketch stuff. That could be in GR's favor. It may have the "Blade effect", where people know that character, but haven't really read too much, so the film could be fun. I saw the director at the Con a few times, and it seems like his heart is in the right place. I hope he pulls it off.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I want to make love to Eva Mendes.

    by Osmosis Jones

    That is all.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:13 p.m. CST

    He's directing because DD made a ton of $$$

    by Johnny Storm

    Deal with it.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Who Cares How Close They Stick To The Comic, They Got Mendes

    by Captain Sulu

    The key to getting people into these movies is casting a hot chick, that's why Fantastic Four did so well. Fan boys don't really care about the source material as long as they got a rack to watch, even PG-13 ones. Marvel needs to figure that out and quit wasting time trying to work on scripts. There's no excuse why they can't put out these movies faster, no shortage of hot chicks last time I checked.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:29 p.m. CST

    The problem with Daredevil wasn't Affleck...

    by oisin5199

    I actually thought he did a pretty good job. His "I'm not the bad guy" scene hit home and I bought his anger, isolation and angst. I liked the Hell's Kitchen material and boy Matt. Favreau was great as Foggy. I didn't mind the bad guys, even Farrell's over the top Bullseye (except where was the costume he so badly wanted?). Besides some of the crappy CG, due to budget, my biggest problem with the film was Jennifer Garner as Elektra. At least the director's cut got rid of the love scene. First, she looks absolutely nothing like the comic book (and I'd argue in this case, that her look is important to the character). In most cases, the movies have tried to mix up the typical white girl stuff from Marvel, as Mendes' casting demonstrates (though I think the one time the character should have stayed an All-American Blonde is Sue Storm, but that's another issue). In Garner's case, they removed any kind of exoticism and appeal the character might have had - and I simply did not believe that this cheerleader would turn into a cold-blooded assassin or that Matt would fall for her. The Coolio subplot from the director's cut was way better than the Electra story, because at least Matt was fighting for the underdog, his raison d'etre. They were obviously going for the Alias fanbase when they cast Garner, but it didn't work. And I'm sure it worked even less in her own movie (which I still haven't seen). Who SHOULD have played Electra? My vote was for Zuleikha Robinson, from Lone Gunmen and Hidalgo. She would have been perfect, with both the look and the dark stuff. Then again, maybe instead of doing a spinoff film, they should have saved her for a sequel. Seems like sometimes when the superhero flix want to throw too much in the mix, it all gets watered down. Overall, I thought Daredevil was a fine, if ultimately flawed, attempt and I still enjoy it.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by gravitasone

    Daredevil did not generate the revue that it was expected to do by any one standards. It also received a great deal of criticism from movie critics and viewers alike. If you add the cost of marketing, the salaries of those involved in the film, and other Hollywood cost, I think everyone would agree that the movie was not the money maker everyone in Marvel or the studio expected. Daredevil wasn

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:48 p.m. CST

    I Agree, They Nead To Cast The Female Leads First

    by Spooge McDuck

    The only exceptions would be with Batman or Superman, since a lot of people know who they are. For the second string Marvel comics, they should cast the female and then cast someone who will work well with her. Right now they're doing it backwards. The formula only works with comics where the male is the hero though (not like Catwoman or Elektra). The appeal of the comics is that the hero is going to hook up with the hot chick, so the chick should be really hot.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:58 p.m. CST

    "Eva Mendes is nothing more than a pair of talking tits"

    by ZombieSolutions

    wait.. and that's a problem because... WHY?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Honeslty, Does Anyone Really Have A Deep Personal Connection Wit

    by ZombieSolutions

    all GR has is that he looks cool. that's it. there was never any ground breaking writing or art work done on GR. not the kind of stuff of superhero comix legend like we have seen in SPIDERMAN, FF, XMEN, DAREDEVIL, BATMAN and so on. he's a cast off chracter. like MOONKNIGHT. a character who looks cool and that's about it. i don't see how they could ruin GR cause there's not much there to begin with accept COOL! He's a SKELETON ON FIRE!!! and he rides a 70s style CHOPPER!!! (i wonder if he's a meth dealer? hmm....)

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by gravitasone

    Oisin5199 when I read your post I was like yeah, he got it. I also think Sue should have been a white girl, and while I love Halle, (She came down to visit us while I was stationed in Bosnia, during Christmas, a few years back by the way) I think Catwoman should have been the Selina, white version as well. In fact I believe there was no goodmreason to make a Catwoman or an Elektra, in the first place. Oisin, I also agree with you that Garner was all wrong for the Elektra role. I don

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Which will be more gay? This or Superman Returns?

    by fiester

    Ghost Rider has always been the supernatural version of Judas Priest's lead singer...he's pure Blue Oyster Bar right out of the Police Academy flicks...put him in a Vegas review singing "YMCA" with the rest of the Village People and no one would even blink, he fits in so perfectly.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by gravitasone

    Oisin5199 I just checked her out on the web, I'll defer to your judgment. She

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:09 p.m. CST

    He's Your Turbo Lover... Better Run For Cover...

    by ZombieSolutions

    breakin' the law! breakin' the law! DUH NUH!!! huh huh that was cool. he's a skeleton on fire.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Mendes is a big old chunk of sweaty hot fuck.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    THAT is all.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Casting Needs To Start With The Females, That Was The Problem Wi

    by Red Lantern

    I don't think anyone would've minded the movie if they would've just had a sexier actress. They had nothing to work with in the trailers, so of course no one showed up. And the Hulk even had a TV show. What they need to do, when they decide to make The Punisher or something, is first figure out how to get a sexy woman in the script that Castle can hook up with. Then cast that part FIRST. I agree, we could see a lot more comic book movies if Marvel would get its head out of its ass.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:23 p.m. CST

    You Know What's The Most Awesome Thing About GHOST RIDER?

    by ZombieSolutions

    he's a SKELETON ON FIRE! breakin the law, breakin the law! duh nuh! huhuh that was cool. FIRE!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:26 p.m. CST

    X-Men Was Good About Using Hot Chicks

    by Spooge McDuck

    That was why people saw both films and weren't too upset by any changes. You'd think Hollywood would be able to figure that out, but it seems only certain directors really get what we fans want to see. I hear one of the first things the new X-Men director did though, was add a mutant hooker, so he seems to be someone who understands comic book movies at least. Of course if they cast someone unsexy and just call her a hooker, they won't be fooling anyone. Still, it seems the X-Men movies are still on track.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:32 p.m. CST

    They Need A James Bond Type Of Comic Book Movie

    by Red Lantern

    One where they have a chance to cast a lot of hot chicks, how cool would that be? Then instead of one girlfriend, the hero could have several chicks he hooks up with in the movie. The Flash would be a good one for this. Cast three hot actresses, then the Flash, and that movie would make more than any comic movie except a Superman, Batman or Spiderman. You could even have a scene where he has to be on two, or even three dates at once, so he uses his super speed to get between them. That would be too funny.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Just Saw Your Post Spooge, I Agree

    by Red Lantern

    At least the X-Men films seem to get it. They keep Mystique in her blue outfit as much as they show her morph into someone else, so no one's stupid there.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:45 p.m. CST

    This movie pulls in 40-50 million, max.

    by jimmy_009

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    kissing the lipless? (10 punk rock points to whomever names the reference) it wouldnt work. skull boy is a cant really make out with a skull. and what does a phrase like make out even mean? anyone know where that one came from?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 4:47 p.m. CST

    always kills me....

    by JAGUART

    When someone talks about Ben Affleck they ALWAYS follow up with "did a pretty good job." Yea that's called "mediocrity".

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Bridget Moynahan...

    by Mosquito March

    ...should've been Elektra.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 5:14 p.m. CST

    interpret things how you wish

    by oisin5199

    When I say Affleck did a good job, I just mean that. He was good, not mediocre. I liked him as Matt Murdock and I believed him in the role. Period. In fact, I like him a lot better as Murdock than I do Maguire for Peter Parker. Despite what you might think of him as a person, I think he worked. Garner didn't. And I do hope these posts about casting hot actresses in comic book films is being sarcastic. Write the script first then cast the actor who fits, the way Joss is doing with Wonder Woman (I can just hear the Joss haters scurrying out of the woodwork). Not the other way around.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by Heathicus

    "Honeslty, Does Anyone Really Have A Deep Personal Connection With GHOST RIDER?" Actually, yeah I do. Well, about as "deep" and "personal" of a connection someone can have with a comic book character. I actually explained that a few posts above yours, but I'll repeat here. I grew up in an outlaw biker environment. My dad was in a motorcycle gang, there were always tons of bikes at our house every weekend, I pretended my bicycle was a Harley, etc. Additionally, one of my childhood heroes was Evel Knievel. I was always setting up ramps and even convinced several of my friends to lay down and let me jump over them on my bicycle (I still remember looking down at their faces as I went over them). And, like most kids, I loved comic books. So I was drawn to Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider. Unlike any other comic book character, Johnny looked like the guys that partied at my house every weekend! He rode a Harley! He was a stunt motorcycle rider! In a travelling carnival! There was nothing cooler than that to me as a child. Plus, the book scared the crap out of me sometimes. The last page of one issue had this huge hourglass and it was full of people instead of sand - that creeped me out so much and I loved every minute of it. Then, about the time the "Jesus" figure was introduced, my parents met Christ. So, although Spider-Man was my #1 favorite, no comic book at that time really affected me and drew me into it like Ghost Rider did. I realize I'm probably the only person on the planet who feels a "deep personal connection" to Ghost Rider. But you asked.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by Heathicus

    One thing I learned during my time running a comic book shop is that no matter how crappy you think a certain title is, it is somebody's favorite and you should respect that.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:52 p.m. CST

    That's Exactly the Kind Of "Deep Personal Connection" I Mean

    by ZombieSolutions

    wow! thanks for sharing, man. that's a really great story / defense of the character, actually. and i can tell / understand why you really care about the character. i guess that's what i meant in terms of a "deep personal connection." like as a kid, other heros or stories resonated with me for whatever reason. and i think that sort of resonance and personal connection to certain stories and chracters is why comics (and genre entertainments in general) are such a cool medium. i didn't mean to knock Ghost Rider, i liked him as a kid too, but i don't have the same nostalgia connection to it. like i always thought of him as a cool looking character, but i didn't internalize his narrative so much, if you know what i mean. not like Spiderman or XMen (or old school 70s anime/manga like Star Blazers/Yamato and Harlock and GE 999). anyway, now i know that there are people who are GR officianados. i just thought the naysaying was more bitching for the sake of bitching... anyways, cheers, mate

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by ZombieSolutions

    the only thing i can think of, and this is a stretch, is that undeground comic STICKBOY by Dennis Wooten(sp?)? is that right? if it is GIMME MY PUNKROCK POINTS!!! if not... IT WAS FIXED! FIXED I TELLS YA!!!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Anyone Who Says "anyone that says Blade 3 was better than Darede

    by ZombieSolutions

    so i guess it's a tie. i liked FF a helluva lot more than DD. IMHO FF was so-so, but DD was just bad. flat out awful. nearly unwatchable. but, eh, whatevah. SIN CITY is the best comic movie this year, easily. and probably my fave of the recent wave.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 12:31 a.m. CST

    haha. cocaine is in this summer!

    by SirBiatchReturns

    Sin City was a piece of black and white shit. this is my opinion however, so we wont argue that. but Daredevil is quite a deal better than the Fantastic Four movie. and yes, Blade 3 was a pile of shit, worse than both FF and DD. In fact, Blade 3 and Elektra are probably the crappiest comic book movies i'm aware of.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 1:01 a.m. CST

    never any groundbreaking writing or art work done on GR?

    by El Borak

    you haven't read them then. i still hate mendes btw. just watch HITCH!!!! horrible ... just awful.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Comparing DD and F4 is really pointless because they are the sam

    by andrew coleman

    DD cost around 90 million it made 100 in the BO plus DVD. F4 cost around 140 and has made around 150 and if you add the dvd sales to that it will add up. DD did not bomb like Elektra or Blade 3 and Punisher. I forget who said it but Elektra was the worst thing about DD otherwise pretty good movie.