Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)

Shot at the same time as the second Darkman movie, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die is directed again by Bradford May and written by Michael Colleary and Mike Webb, who also wrote Face/Off. I wonder if all the synthetic skin masks that Dr. Peyton Westlake (Arnold Vosloo) wears as Darkman inspired that movie?

This movie also has a Cannon-style reason for its order, as it was shot as the second movie and the return of Durant was to be the third film. That makes way more sense.

Our hero is helped by Dr. Bridget Thorne (Darlanne Fluegel, The Eyes of Laura Mars), who helps stabilize his formula. However, she’s also the mistress of his new enemy, Peter Rooker (Jeff Fahey), who works with the doctor to treat Darkman like a lab rat, all so he can gain superhuman strength.

Then, well, Darkman uses his skin to superhumanly cuck his enemy, spending time with his neglected wife Angela (Roxann Dawson) and daughter Jenny, even going to see her school play. This all culminates in the bad guy abducting and threatening his own family before his Darkman-assisted death, Jenny’s face is burnt in the ensuing fire, so our hero gives the last of his new skin to her and he’s back in the darkness, never to know love.

A fourth movie — and that still promised Fox series — never happened. Vosloo claimed he would never do an effects-heavy role again and hey, he went back on that and was in The Mummy and played another face-swapping character, Zartan, in the first G.I. Joe movie.

Pocket Books also published four more Darkman books — The HangmanThe Price of FearThe Gods of Hell and In the Face of Death — while Marvel published a movie adaption and a six-issue miniseries sequel. In 2006, Dynamite Entertainment published a crossover between Ash from Evil Dead and Darkman.

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