Darkman is a 1990 superhero flick directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is based on a short story Raimi wrote that paid homage to Universal’s horror of the 1930s.
We discuss similarities to Batman, happy endings and the dark spirit of its aesthetic.
This film is early in Liam Neeson’s career. He was not the first choice for Dr. Westlake. They considered Bill Paxton (not to be confused with Bill Pullman!). Raimi felt Neeson was the right fit to show the monster’s soul. The film also features Larry Drake as the villain. He’s best known for Dr. Giggles and many other roles.