Darkman – Non-Comic Book Superhero Series

Sam Raimi, a man most known for the Evil Dead and Spider-Man trilogy released a zany combination of those two series with the cult classic Darkman film. This week we continue Non-Comic Book Superhero month as we are joined by some comic book experts from Wednesday Comics (Marvin, Alex and Garrett) to discuss the 1990 Liam Neeson lead film. We also take a look at this weekend’s box office results and the latest movie news!

Darkman is heavily inspired by the pulp serials of the 1940’s including Batman and The Shadow. The film follows scientist Peyton Westlake (Neeson) who is attacked by an underground crime gang lead by Durant (Larry Drake) and left for dead after his lab explodes. After the accident, Peyton assumes the identity of Darkman, a vigilante who can assume the identity of any via his scientific expertise and has the ability to feel no pain. Darkman is written and directed by Sam Raimi and co stars Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, and Ted Raimi.

The Box Office

Continuing it’s impressive box office run is Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings with $35.79 million. In a surprise swing, Free Guy is at number two with $5.82 million. Opening just under that is Malignant with $5.57 million. At number four with just over $4 million is Candyman. Rounding out the top five is Jungle Cruise with $2.45 million.

The News

Universal has announced that Halloween Kills will release in theaters and on Peacock day and date on October 15.

A feature length film of the hit Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers will hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend 2022.

In casting news, Owen Wilson and Rosario Dawson join Disney’s Haunted Mansion remake.

The Shameless Plugs

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About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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