Darkman Database - a look at the character created by Sam Rami & others



These pages look at the character of Darkman, created by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert.

Originally film director Sam Raimi had wanted to film a movie about the pulp character The Shadow, but when he was unable to secure the rights he created his own character. Darkman has a lot of pulp and comic book elements - the tale of scientist Peyton Westlake who gets attacked and is burned beyond recognition. Undergoing experimental medical procedures, Westlake gains superior strength and with his knowledge of synthetic skin creation, can assume the identity of anyone for 99 minutes. After that time the synthetic skin dissolves and Westlake's scarred features reappear.  Covering his burned features in bandages and wearing a dark overcoat and fedora, Westlake roams the night as Darkman.

The character first appeared in a movie released by Universal  in 1990, starring Liam Neeson in the title role. The character would appear in two further movies, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, both movies starring Arnold Vosloo in the title role.

Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake Darkman Arnold Vosloo as Peyton Westlake

The Darkman character would also be featured in a never aired television pilot.

The character has also appeared in other media, including comic books, computer/video games, and a series of paperback novels written by Randall Boyll.

This site looks at the following: -

Movies including:
Darkman II: The Return of Durant
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die
Darkman unaired television pilot
Comic Books
Computer/Video games
Action Figure


Plus, there is a page of links and Darkman items available to order.


Please note: The Darkman movies are rated R/18 due to some of the scenes and special effects. Although this site will not go into details about those scenes, some images may appear which may offend and are not suitable for young viewers.


A NEW page on the action figure has been added, and the novels page has been updated (October 2004)
With thanks to 'Doctor Caliendo', the pages on the Darkman movies and links have been updated (May 2004)


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