Though Columbia Pictures’ Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will feature a comic book-inspired villain in Johnny Whitworth’s Blackout, MTV has learned that the connection to the original source material is primarily the look of the character and not the Marvel Universe backstory.
“We didn’t really honestly do a lot of research into the comic book version of Blackout,” says co-director Brian Taylor. “We kind of just took the visual of him and went from there.”
In the film version, Blackout will, like Ghost Rider, be a creation of the devil (Ciaran Hinds) and his powers will effectively cancel one out Ghost Rider’s.
You can check out the full video interview with Taylor and Mark Neveldine in the player below: