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Film / Darkman II: The Return of Durant

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The first sequel to Darkman, released in 1995, with Darkman now played by Arnold Vosloo.

Turns out that Strack's man Robert G. Durant survived being in the center of an exploding helicopter, and simply fell in to a coma. Upon awakening from it, he decides to become the top dog of the criminal underworld once again, and Darkman has to stop him.

This film has examples of:

  • Arms Dealer: Upon awakening from his coma, Durant decides that his gang should returns to the illegal arms business.
  • Big Bad: Robert G. Durant, the former associate of the previous film's main villain.
  • Bittersweet Ending: More on a triumphant note than the last film though: Innocents like David and Jill are killed and Westlake's research on the synthetic skin once again suffers a horrible setback—and Darkman ultimately continues isolating himself rather than keeping any human connections, but he saves Laurie and finally completes his revenge against Durant by wiping both him and his organization out altogether too.
  • Crooks Are Better Armed: It is Durant's Evil Plan to enforce this by working on creating energy weapons that he will sell to the city's criminal underworld at a premium rate.
  • Daydream Surprise: Disguised as Edward, Darkman comes face to face with Durant once again, and has a daydream of attacking and strangling him.
  • Deadly Disc: "This guy says 'The Phantom of the Opera' threw a manhole cover like a frisbee."
  • Dragon Ascendant: Durant, who worked for Strack in the previous film, is the Big Bad of this sequel.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: At the very end, Durant's limo explodes like the Fourth of July. This is only minutes after it was explained in detail the insane amount of armor plating, bulletproof glass, and other features added (including a 10-disk CD changer in the trunk). Of course, the car hadn't been designed to withstand bombs inside of it, but one would expect a car like that to contain the blast somewhat.
  • External Combustion: Randall meets her end when she turns the key in her car rigged car, an it explodes as Darkman helplessly stands beside it.
  • Flashback with the Other Darrin: Used in the prologue. Technically it's the same footage as the first movie, but Liam Neeson has been replaced with Arnold Vosloo via trick photography.
  • Golf Clubbing: Durant practices his golf swing on top of a building, and takes one swing at his deceitful assistant Rollo, who has been stealing from him.
  • Imagine Spot: While disguised as one of Durant's mooks, the moment he sees Durant appear Darkman jumps at him from his seat and tries to kill him. Then we see Darkman still in his seat while Durant tries to get his attention.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Jill Randall, a reporter who seeks to reveal the criminal undertakings of the likes of Rollo Latham and Robert G. Durant to the general populace.
  • Killed Off for Real: Darkman traps Durant in his car with a bomb to absolutely make sure there's no way he survived this time.
    "This time, it's forever."
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Hathaway, a weapons scientist who managed to to develop an atom bomb in his garage.
  • No One Could Survive That!: The previous movie has Robert G. Durant being inside a helicopter that crashes head-on with an overpass and goes off in a humongous fireball. Turns out that aside from some cardiac problems and spending some time in a coma, Durant didn't got so much as a scratch on him.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Averted when medical assistance is asked from Dr. Hathaway, who points out that he is Not That Kind of Doctor.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: Used as a subtitle.
  • Say My Name:
    • Used when Darkman finds the murdered Brinkman: "DUUUUUURAAAAANNNNT!!!"
    • Also when Durant realizes Darkman is back to screw up his scheme yet again: "WESTLAAAKE!!!"
  • Spiteful Spit: The woman accompanying the the criminal Steve in the car chase near the opening spit at the guy who killed him as he has her at gunpoint.
  • Stealing from the Till: After waking up from his coma, Durant soon finds out that one of his men has used his absence to take a piece of his organization's earnings for himself, and has him killed by putting him in a golf cart that drives off from a building.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Durant intends to sell the futuristic guns developed by Dr. Hathaway to local neo-nazis, believing that they're going to wipe out the local competition for him.
    Perkins: You have revolutionized the right to bear arms.
    Durant: In this case, the far right to bear arms.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Done with a manhole cover which Darkman uses as an improvised shield against gunfire, then hurls at the gunman.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While Durant was in a coma, one of his henchmen, Rollo, had been secretly skimming money from Durant's operations. You'd think he'd do something sensible like skip town or frame someone else when his boss wakes up, but instead he sticks around and...well, read the trope name.
  • Vanity License Plate: The license plate to Durant's limousine is "RGD", which comes from his initials.
  • Vehicle Vanish: Just as Durant and his men have Darkman on their sights on a busy street, a bus passes between them and Darkman manages to disappear in that moment.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The reason why It's Personal for Darkman (on top of it being Durant): Durant needed a location to conduct his weapons research, and the only Abandoned Warehouse he can find is already inhabited by a scientist that was working on perfecting Westlake's formula (and not only seemed to have made advancements in that but also was befriending a disguised Westlake). Durant and his men kill him in a similar fashion to Darkman's roughing up in the first movie, destroying the laboratory and all notes and equipment, so he takes his secrets of how to improve the formula with him to the grave.