“I’m everyone – and no one. Everywhere – nowhere. Call me…Darkman.”
– Peyton Westlake
Long before he got his hands on Spider-Man, Sam Raimi dreamed of doing a comic book adaptation. He’d been eyeing the rights to Batman, but they kept slipping out of his reach. And so, he decided to make his own comic book hero.
Darkman (1990) isn’t an adaptation, but it was designed to look and feel like a comic book movie. It drew inspiration from Batman just as much as it did from classic horror movies like Frankenstein and The Phantom of the Opera. And, perhaps most importantly, it was Raimi’s first time working with a major production studio like Universal. It was a landmark in his wildly successful and expansive career, with plenty of twists and turns to come.
But, even if you know and love our antihero, here are some things you might not have known about the making of the film and franchise!