In the upcoming sequel to Ghost Rider, the titular antihero has a new enemy in Blackout. Does that make the new enemy a hero? Not according to Johnny Whitworth, who recently disclosed that he will be playing the anti-antihero, lays down the backstory in an interview via Superhero Hype:
“I play the villain who, at the beginning, up until like page 70, is human. I’m not a very nice guy. I’m bad. I get turned into, for those who read ‘Ghost Rider’, the character Blackout. I get turned into him by the devil to complete my job. That gives me the fortitude to fight Ghost Rider and the supernatural abilities to compete on some level with that guy.”
Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance has been filming for some time now, so it’s a little surprising at how late this revelation is. It’s possible that people just assumed that Nicolas Cage would be his own enemy, since he acts like a schizophrenic in most situations, but, no. He will have an actual enemy.
Also, I’m unfamiliar with the comic, so feel free to scream at me, but picking a super-duper handsome white dude to play a character named Blackout doesn’t strike me as inspired casting. Hal Holbrook as Blackout? That would be inspired. And also insane.