Trivia / Darkman

  • Acting for Two: In addition to playing Darkman in his final transformation at the end, Bruce Campbell also voiced some of the screams of characters who fall to their deaths.
  • Divorced Installment: As mentioned in What Could Have Been, it was originally written to be an adaptation of The Shadow.
  • Fake American: The title character himself is played by Ballymena man Liam Neeson.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The abandoned TV Pilot.
  • One-Episode Wonder: The abandoned TV pilot is one of the finest and most accurate examples of superheroics on live-action television.
  • The Other Darrin: Arnold Vosloo for Liam Neeson in the sequels, and Christopher Bowen in the TV Pilot. This is all somewhat justifiable, because it's Darkman.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Sam Raimi intended to make a film of The Shadow, but created Darkman when he couldn't get the rights.
      • He also wanted to make a Batman movie (possibly a sequel to the 1989 film). But couldn't get rights to it either.
    • Raimi wanted Bruce Campbell to play Darkman in the first movie. After the studio made it clear they preferred a more well-known star, Gary Oldman and Bill Paxton were among those in the running. Campbell does play a random civilian who may have been Darkman in disguise in the last scene.
    • Julia Roberts was almost cast as Julie Hastings before she got the role in Pretty Woman and had to be replaced. Demi Moore was also considered and Bridget Fonda auditioned.
    • Richard Dreyfuss and James Caan both turned down the role of Louis Strack Jr.
    • Kathy Bates was originally cast as the burn doctor but backed out before filming.
    • A TV series was in development, with an unaired 30-minute pilot completed.
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