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September 14th, 2004, 08:05 AM
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09:00am ET, 14-September-04

Darklight Bends Genre

Bill Platt, director of the upcoming SCI FI Channel original movie
Darklight, told SCI FI Wire that his SF superhero movie combined his
love of comic books with his interest in the ancient Jewish myth of
Lilith. "I love supernatural stories, all the comic books drawn by
Gene Colan in the '70s and '80s, like Tomb of Dracula, Nightforce,
Daredevil and Dr. Strange," Platt said in an interview. "They had an
amazing, eerie quality. [I] also loved Damian Hellstrom, aka Son of
Satan, comics in Marvel Premiere: the dark character portrayed as

Platt added: "Being Jewish, I'd read up on Kabbalah [Jewish
mysticism]. I've long been aware of Lilith's role as a scary, demon
queen you don't want to mess with. I wanted to take Lilith's
mythology (first wife of Adam, cast out of the Garden of Eden, cursed
for eternity) and update her into a bad-ass antiheroine, someone
trying to reconcile her dark past."

Darklight stars Shiri Appleby (Roswell) as a young woman with a
mysterious past who is enlisted by a rogue agent (Richard Burgi of
The Sentinel) of an ancient religious order to stop a rampaging demon
monster. John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and David
Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis) also star. "In developing Darklight,
first and foremost, I wanted to create a new, kick-ass superhero,"
said Platt, who also wrote the independent film. "The superhero genre—
particularly the female superhero characters ... [starting with]
Yvonne Craig as Batgirl and Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman—are closest
to my heart. I wanted to take my best shot at creating an original

Platt added: "I tried to recreate many classically 'comic-book'
moments: Lilith in cool, fighting crouches; her demon form flying,
Phoenix-like, from the wreckage of an exploding car; Jack Kirby-type
super- technology; the training sequence, ... reminiscent of
[Daredevil's] Stick showing Matt Murdock the ropes." Darklight
premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 18.




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