Official Press Release
Runnemede, NJ, February 8, 2006 – Dynamite Entertainment announced today its agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to produce comics based on Darkman. Definitive launch dates and marketing efforts for the new comic series will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Darkman will find a home with Dynamite and in the comic pages in 2006,” commented Dynamite Spokesperson J. Allen. “This character will make for a perfect comic, he’s one of the most complex and unique superheroes around, and we plan to launch him in a most special way!”
A special launch is planned for the new comic series as Darkman debuts in a cross-over with another famous character introduced by Sam Raimi. All of this from the writing team of Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern!
“Darkman’s special launch will have fans talking for years to come,” concluded Allen.
About the Darkman Franchise
The Darkman franchise began with the 1990 film directed by Sam Raimi, starring Liam Neeson as scientist Peyton Westlake, and was followed by two made-for-video sequels.
Scarred and badly burnt after criminals attack and demolish his laboratory, doctors are forced to destroy Westlake’s nerve endings, thus giving him incredible strength and making him oblivious to pain. He becomes Darkman, a hero who seeks revenge upon corrupt developer Louis Strack, Jr. (played by Colin Friels) and mobster Robert G. Durant (played by Larry Drake), the men responsible for destroying his life. To hide his scarring and blend into crowds, Westlake wears synthetic skin that dissolves in light after a certain amount of time, which he also uses to disguise himself as other people.
Darkman II: The Return of Durant
The crime-fighting master of disguises returns in this action-packed sequel to the hit motion picture. Hard Target’s Arnold Vosloo stars as Darkman, and Larry Drake reprises his role as the sadistic villain Robert G. Durant.
Co-starring Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue), Darkman II: The Return of Durant is filled with nonstop action, suspense and special effects which leave you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die
Arnold Vosloo returns as Dr. Peyton Westlake, a.k.a. Darkman, the crime-fighting master of disguises. In this action-packed adventure, Westlake matches wits with underworld drug-dealing villain Peter Rooker (Jeff Fahey), who will do anything to unmask the secret of Westlake’s superhuman strength.
Agreeing to an experimental operation on his ravaged body, Westlake is flung into a vicious game of survival for himself, his priceless research and the lives of two innocent people. One false move and he will be locked into darkness forever.
From Executive Producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, creators of the original film, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, like its predecessors, is jam-packed with surprises, staggering special effects and never-ending thrills.
About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite Entertainment is a premier licensor and innovative publisher of the comic industry’s key and most popular comics including the Army of Darkness, Jim Starlin’s Cosmic Guard, The Re-Animator, Eduardo Risso’s Borderline, Fulu, Parquee Chas, Lectures Macabre, Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti’s Painkiller Jane, Battlestar Galactica, Classic Battlestar Galactica, Xena, and the #1 selling title in April of ’05, Red Sonja. More information about the company can be found online at www.dynamiteentertainment.com. Dynamite Entertainment is a subsidiary of Dynamic Forces, Inc.