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Keenen Ivory Wayans
Keenen Ivory Wayans,
Charles S. Dutton,
Jada Pinkett Smith
Darryl is a childlike man with a genius for inventing various gadgets out of junk. When he stumbles on a method to make his clothes bulletproof, he decides to use his skills to be the lowest budgeted superhero of all. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
Darryl Walker (Damon Wayans) and Kevin Walker (David Alan Grier) are brothers who loved the 60s Batman TV show when they were kids. Darryl grew up to be a childlike gadget inventor. Kevin is a cameraman for local TV news and in love with anchor Kimberly Jonz (Robin Givens). The boys live with their grandma who is a big fan of mayor candidate Marvin Harris. Harris intends to clean up the city where the police stopped caring after they stopped getting paid. The Walkers are in a crime-infested rundown neighborhood in Chicago. Harris refuses to be bought by gangster Michael Minelli and he sends goons to shoot up Harris's campaign office. Grandma Walker is killed. Darryl creates his Blankman vigilante persona with a formula he accidentally created which turns fabric impenetrable and his various gadgets.
Damon Wayans is so annoying in this and he destroys any hope for a comedy. The story is more akin to the campy 60s Batman TV show. There're a couple of ways to make a good movie out of this. All of them require Damon to play a likable character. It can be stupid if it wants to be but the audience has to find Darryle adorable. Without that, nothing else could possibly work.
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