"Who is Darkman?"
appeared in comics and billboards all over the place. I was incredibly
excited to find out who and what Darkman was back then. Since I grew
up in the same town as Sam Raimi, I had one of those nearly meaningless
connections to the director, and was a default fan of his work.
I found out that Darkman is a goofy skin scientist that boo hoos his
way around town, not spending much time in the dark.
Yes, the name "Darkman"
was probably supposed to be some metaphor for the dark aspects of his
life that he has devolved into. But since the plot hinges so much on
the fact that sunlight would undo his brilliant skin invention, you
would think he might be better served running around in the.... you
guessed it: dark.
As the Script Doctor,
I have a few questions about the script...
If Darkman has
incredible strength from the surgical procedure that eliminates his
pain, why aren't there other patients running around with the same condition?
There could be a whole sqaud of Darkmen.
If this same procedure
eliminates his pain, why is he always yelling in pain whenever he fights
the bad guys?
If his lab was
destroyed by the bad guys (which probably cost a buttload in grant money),
how was he able to quickly build a new (and better) lab in the abandoned
How come Darkman
can make these skin masks that are exact replicas of the bad guys, and
also manage to alter Darkman's height, stature, mannerisms, and voice?
That is some invention.
Why the hell does
he keep running around in the daytime when his skin thing dissolves
after 100 minutes of exposure to the sun? The dude could have a whole
new existance (and look like Liam Neeson for hours on end) if only he
DID IT IN THE DARK.
Darkman has other
unanswered questions, but if we could get to the bottom of these first
few, we'd be on our way to a much better movie.
I know that Darkman
is supposed to be a comic book-styled movie, but that doesn't excuse
holes in the plot. I may have been spoiled by the works of Alan Grant
and Frank Miller, but I feel that comic-styled writing is still supposed
to be good, and not an excuse for stupid plot devices.