History Film / DarkMan

22nd Dec '17 5:48:45 AM erforce
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-->-- '''Peyton Westlake'''



Darkman also appears in the comic ''Comicbook/DarkmanVsArmyOfDarkness''.

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The film was adapted to a LicensedGame by Ocean Software in 1991, which was released on UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem, UsefulNotes/Commodore64, UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC, UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}, UsefulNotes/GameBoy, UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum and UsefulNotes/AtariST.

In 2006, Dynamite Entertainment produced a four-part IntercontinuityCrossover miniseries ''ComicBook/DarkmanVsArmyOfDarkness'', which sees
Darkman also appears in teaming up with Ash Williams from the comic ''Comicbook/DarkmanVsArmyOfDarkness''.
''Franchise/EvilDead'' franchise.



* BigBad: Strack, in the first film. Durant and Rooker make up for the sequel films respectably.

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* BigBad: Strack, in the first film.Strack. Durant and Rooker make up for the sequel films respectably.



** [[spoiler:Creator/BruceCampbell]] as the final mask Westlake puts on at the end of the first movie.

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** [[spoiler:Creator/BruceCampbell]] as the final mask Westlake puts on at the end of the first movie.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Strack. VisionaryVillain (he sees his projects as a window to the future and a revival of the district), but he's also power-mad ("I built it all!") and pretty willing to kill and seduce his way to the top (with a wife he himself killed as one of his first stepping stones).



** At least in the first movie, courtesy of Peyton starting to lose it to rage, rushing to get away before his mask dissolves and some apropos overheard advertising ("A freak, gentlemen! He's a freak!").

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** At least in the first movie, courtesy of The carnival that Peyton starting and his girlfriend attend starts developing these vibes when Peyton starts to lose it to rage, rushing to get away before his mask dissolves and some apropos overheard advertising ("A freak, gentlemen! He's a freak!").



* CrossOver: Dynamite Entertainment produced a four-part miniseries seeing Darkman team-up with [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash]].

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* CrossOver: Dynamite Entertainment produced CorruptCorporateExecutive: Strack. VisionaryVillain (he sees his projects as a four-part miniseries seeing Darkman team-up with [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash]].window to the future and a revival of the district), but he's also power-mad ("I built it all!") and pretty willing to kill and seduce his way to the top (with a wife he himself killed as one of his first stepping stones).



* HellishCopter: How Durant meets his fate on the first film: having his chopper dragged by a truck and rammed right onto an overpass (and probably dragged a few feet into the tunnel as well).

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* HellishCopter: How Durant meets his fate on the first film: having fate: his chopper is dragged by a truck and rammed right onto an overpass (and probably dragged a few feet into the tunnel as well).



* KickTheDog: Peyton and Julie both get several swift ones. Peyton is obvious, but consider that Julie thought she'd lost the love of her life, and was finally piecing her emotional self back together...[[spoiler:and then her rebound guy turns out to be an emotionless psychopath, her former lover turns out to be insane and heavily injured, and at the end, dumps her because he's become a monster.]] Oh, and all of this got started because of an accounting discrepancy she was looking into as part of her day job. ''Ouch.''



* ILied: Used by both Durant and Darkman in the first movie.
** Played with in the first movie:

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* ILied: Used by both Durant and Darkman in the first movie.
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Played with in the first movie:this exchange:



%%** Used by both Durant and Darkman.



** Implied to be the fate of the {{Mook|s}} who falls down the building in the first film's climax. The movie made a [[JustForPun point]] of setting up those rebars at the bottom.

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** Implied to be the fate of the {{Mook|s}} who falls down the building in the first film's climax. The movie made a [[JustForPun point]] of setting up those rebars at the bottom.



* KickTheDog: Peyton and Julie both get several swift ones. Peyton is obvious, but consider that Julie thought she'd lost the love of her life, and was finally piecing her emotional self back together...[[spoiler:and then her rebound guy turns out to be an emotionless psychopath, her former lover turns out to be insane and heavily injured, and at the end, dumps her because he's become a monster.]] Oh, and all of this got started because of an accounting discrepancy she was looking into as part of her day job. ''Ouch.''



* PunctuatedPounding: Darkman beating the snot out of Smiley.

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* PunctuatedPounding: Darkman beating the snot out of Smiley.Smiley (replace each hyphen with a punch in the face):



** Replace each hyphen with a punch in the face.



* RealityEnsues: We get a double dose of this in the first film. The first instance happens when Westlake confronts the BigBad. Naturally, the villain erupts into a VillainousBreakdown, cursing his enemy for all the destruction that was done to his organization, right? Wrong. This is a slick, savvy corrupt businessman who only used Durant and his cronies as hired muscle and knows full well how useful a BadassAbnormal with shapeshifting techniques could be to him. Unfortunately for him, the borderline psychotic vigilante who has ''already'' personally disposed of his underlings still has a bit of an issue with him since he was the one ultimately responsible for everything that had happened thus far.

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* RealityEnsues: We get a double dose of this in the first film.this. The first instance happens when Westlake confronts the BigBad. Naturally, the villain erupts into a VillainousBreakdown, cursing his enemy for all the destruction that was done to his organization, right? Wrong. This is a slick, savvy corrupt businessman who only used Durant and his cronies as hired muscle and knows full well how useful a BadassAbnormal with shapeshifting techniques could be to him. Unfortunately for him, the borderline psychotic vigilante who has ''already'' personally disposed of his underlings still has a bit of an issue with him since he was the one ultimately responsible for everything that had happened thus far.



* RetCon: Durant was killed in the copter crash in the first film. But in the second film, it merely left him comatose. In the final film, a villain named Dr. Bridget Thorne was one of the doctors who treated Westlake's burned body in the first film.
** Though it may double as an AlternativeContinuity.

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* RetCon: RetCon:
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Durant was is shown to be killed in the a copter crash in the first film.crash. But in the second film, it merely left him comatose.
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In the final third film, a villain character named Dr. Bridget Thorne was is is introduced and is stated to be one of the doctors who treated Westlake's burned body in the first film.
** Though it may double as an AlternativeContinuity.
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* SuicidalOverconfidence: Played with. Strack actually chooses his ground against Peyton quite well in the first movie, as he has experience in skyscraper construction.

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* SuicidalOverconfidence: Played with. Strack actually chooses his ground against Peyton quite well in the first movie, well, as he has experience in skyscraper construction.



* ThoseTwoBadGuys:
** Skip and Rudy in the first movie.
** Eddie Scully and Roy in the second movie.

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys:
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%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Skip and Rudy in the first movie.
** Eddie Scully and Roy in the second movie.
Rudy.



* WholePlotReference: ''Film/RoboCop1987'', even down to the locations.

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* WholePlotReference: To ''Film/RoboCop1987'', even down to the locations.
18th Dec '17 3:56:08 PM TitoMosquito
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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: A non-villainous example. One of the random citizens Julie mistaken for Peyton looks back at her. He may or may not truly be Peyton. His narration at the end (which is the page-top quote) makes it even more ambiguous.
10th Nov '17 6:45:57 AM Joylock
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: For a SmugSnake in a suit, Strack actually puts up a pretty good fight against the superhuman Darkman in the finale. Justified in that Strack used to work construction and thus is familiar with maneuvering around skyscrapers, hence why he chose one as the place to lure Darkman to for their confrontation.



* VillainHasAPoint: The monologue during the ending confrontation has Stracks giving a HannibalLecture defending his reputation as a VisionaryVillain, and it seems to hold up. A critical viewer might realize that even though he tried to brutally kill the antagonist and essentially fights gang wars, he's also done a *lot* to benefit his surroundings - and, megalomania aside, is much more civilized than Peyton/Darkman, who thrives on a personal, bestial kind of revenge.

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* VillainHasAPoint: The monologue during the ending confrontation has Stracks giving a HannibalLecture defending his reputation as a VisionaryVillain, and it seems to hold up. A critical viewer might realize that even though he tried to brutally kill the antagonist Westlake and essentially fights gang wars, he's also done a *lot* to benefit his surroundings - and, megalomania aside, is much more civilized than Peyton/Darkman, who thrives on a personal, bestial kind of revenge.
10th Nov '17 6:37:22 AM Joylock
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* ArtificialLimbs: Skip (one of Darkman's henchmen) has a fake leg... which hides a machine pistol.

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* ArtificialLimbs: Skip (one of Darkman's Durant's henchmen) has a fake leg... which hides a machine pistol.
18th Oct '17 6:15:02 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* BadassBookworm: Originally a milquetoast personality, Peyton undergoes surgeries that remove the volume control knob from his emotions, turning him into a loud, violent rageaholic. He still possesses the know-how from his days as a scientist, though.

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* BadassBookworm: Originally a milquetoast personality, Peyton undergoes surgeries that remove the volume control knob from his emotions, turning him into a loud, violent rageaholic.rageaholic who's heart is as big as his temper and just as sensative. He still possesses the know-how from his days as a scientist, though.
6th Aug '17 1:28:51 AM ThatSpyChick
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* WhatTheHellHero: Julie was disturbed seeing Peyton's face mask dissolve. Then she tells him he (who's hiding) should have told her the truth, she would have understand.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Julie was disturbed seeing Peyton's face mask dissolve. Then she tells him he (who's hiding) should have told her the truth, and that she would have understand.understood.
22nd May '17 2:00:55 PM Goatllama
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* NightmareFace: Darkman's real face, after Durant's goons are done with him. Only one part of his skin remains without some buns and it's deadly pale, and on a couple of spots the burns are bad enough that ''you can see bone''.

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* NightmareFace: Darkman's real face, after Durant's goons are done with him. Only one part of his skin remains without some buns burns and it's deadly pale, and on a couple of spots the burns are bad enough that ''you can see bone''.
9th Apr '17 6:38:03 PM MrKosta
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Years before Creator/SamRaimi brought a certain [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy web-head to the screen]], he created his own superhero in this 1990 film. It stars Creator/LiamNeeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who has invented synthetic skin that, at its current stage of development, will disintegrate after 99 minutes of exposure to sunlight. His girlfriend, Julie (Creator/FrancesMcDormand), runs afoul of gangster Robert G. Durant and his thugs, who have him nearly killed. Peyton, now horrifically burnt, uses his own invention against the crooks as his new alter-ego, Darkman.

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Years before Creator/SamRaimi brought a certain [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy web-head to the screen]], he created his own superhero in this 1990 film. It stars Creator/LiamNeeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who has invented synthetic skin that, at its current stage of development, will disintegrate after 99 minutes of exposure to sunlight. His girlfriend, Julie (Creator/FrancesMcDormand), runs afoul of gangster Robert G. Durant (Larry Drake) and his thugs, who have him nearly killed. Peyton, now horrifically burnt, uses his own invention against the crooks as his new alter-ego, Darkman.
9th Apr '17 6:36:43 PM MrKosta
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Years before Creator/SamRaimi brought a certain [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy web-head to the screen]], he created his own superhero in this 1990 film. It stars Creator/LiamNeeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who has invented synthetic skin that, at its current stage of development, will disintegrate after 99 minutes of exposure to sunlight. His girlfriend, Julie (Frances [=McDormand=]), runs afoul of gangster Robert G. Durant and his thugs, who have him nearly killed. Peyton, now horrifically burnt, uses his own invention against the crooks as his new alter-ego, Darkman.

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Years before Creator/SamRaimi brought a certain [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy web-head to the screen]], he created his own superhero in this 1990 film. It stars Creator/LiamNeeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who has invented synthetic skin that, at its current stage of development, will disintegrate after 99 minutes of exposure to sunlight. His girlfriend, Julie (Frances [=McDormand=]), (Creator/FrancesMcDormand), runs afoul of gangster Robert G. Durant and his thugs, who have him nearly killed. Peyton, now horrifically burnt, uses his own invention against the crooks as his new alter-ego, Darkman.
5th Apr '17 4:25:03 PM MrKosta
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* GratuitousSpanish: Guzman, Durant's Mexican goon, indulges in this.
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