Trivia / Ghost Rider

The comic

  • Name's the Same:
    • Initially, in the late 40s, there was a western comic book character called Ghost Rider, who later had his own Marvel published magazine in the 60s. After the introduction of the modern Ghost Rider in the 70s, the character was renamed Night Rider and then Phantom Rider - though this was after a few clumsy attempts to integrate him into the Ghost Rider mythos properly.
    • Blackout: Also the name of an insane Nova villain. That one manipulates the dark force dimension but like this one also had an Unexplained Recovery after Civil War.
    • Dan Ketch: There is also an angel under Malachi named Daniel.
    • Lucifer: The X-Men fought an alien who happened to be named Lucifer, in fact that alien is responsible for putting Charles Xavier in a wheelchair. He is a dangerous villain in his own right but not to be mistaken for the angel that started a war in heaven and is now bound in hell.

The film:

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Nicholas Cage really, really likes Ghost Rider. He even has a Ghost Rider tattoo, which had to be covered by makeup for filming for obvious reasons.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Nicolas Cage is a huge Ghost Rider and comic book fanboy, who has wanted to play Ghost Rider since he got into acting. He actually has the Rider tattooed on one arm; they had to cover the tat so he could portray the role.
  • What Could Have Been: The novelization ended with an explanation of how Johnny Blaze got off the murder charges, having "some hotshot New York lawyer" make a mockery of the prosecutor's case. Said lawyer was supposed to be Matt Murdock. Which is almost certainly a Shout-Out to the original Ghost Rider concept. He was intended to be a Daredevil villain, but it was just too good of an idea.