The Effect of Darkman on the Current Superhero Genre

Compare and contrast the superhero film Darkman with current examples of the superhero genre. This film was the first work in the genre for Sam Raimi, who wrote it as his own take on a superhero story after failing to secure the rights to superheroes Batman and The Shadow. Raimi would later go on to direct the 2002-2007 Spider Man films, and contribute heavily to the revival of the now massive genre. Compare elements such as the characters, themes and plot in Darkman to those in modern superhero films and discuss in what ways the film may have served as a jumping off point for the modern superhero movie.

Note: Useful movies to use as points of comparison could be Raimi’s later Spider Man movies, as well as films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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