A reboot rather than a continuation of the existing continuity. The first of what at the very least would be a trilogy, if not more. The film will have live-action sets and backgrounds, but the characters will be CGI created with performance capture.
Drake Mallard is an arrogant wise-duck living in St. Canard who flunks his college courses, is unable to hold onto a job or relationship, and is prone to shooting his beak off and getting into fist-fights, losing more than he wins.
Drake is in love with Morgana, a vivacious and resourceful duck who is a fellow student and who fancies herself an investigative reporter. She has a knack for solving problems with things made from everyday materials, and is as tough as she is graceful. Although she has much affection for Drake, she sees him as an immature rascal with nothing to offer her.
Drake's father, Professor Mel Mallard, is an eminent scientist currently working on an anti-gravity beam-cannon known as the Ramrod, along with his assistant, a misanthropic rat named Dr. Elmo Sputterspark, under the direction of his mentor, Professor Horace Waddlemeyer.
The project is funded by Taurus Bulba, a Spanish bull who is a media-mogul, real-estate tycoon, and major defense contractor, and who also is a leader of the criminal underworld specializing in extortion, murder, racketeering, counterfeiting, smuggling, bribery, and piracy, unbeknownst to the general public.
Bulba is preparing a hostile takeover of McDuck Enterprises, a global banking firm founded and led by Bulba's former associate, Scottish born Scrooge McDuck, an increasingly reclusive billionaire living in the coastal city of Duckburg. Bulba is planning to use the Ramrod to infiltrate Scrooge's vast monetary holdings, weakening his position in order to take control of McDuck Enterprises. Professor Mallard uncovers evidence of this, and notifies Professor Waddlemeyer. However, both ducks are betrayed by Dr. Sputterspark, who is on Bulba's payroll, and targeted for assassination by Hammerhead Hannigan, a goat who is Bulba's personal enforcer. Waddlemeyer is able to escape to Duckburg with his newly hatched granddaughter Gosalyn while his home is ambushed, and Mel Mallard is able to buy Waddlemeyer some time by fighting off Bulba's goons and Dr. Sputterspark. Mallard sacrifices his life attempting to destroy the Ramrod, electrocuting and seriously injuring Dr. Sputterspark in the process. Sputterspark is able to survive by infusing his body with electronic circuitry, a process that drives him insane, and he adopts the alias of Megavolt, feeling megomaniacal and using his newfound powers to embark on a series of robberies.
Although not aware of the whole story surrounding his father's death, but knowing that Megavolt was involved, Drake, enraged and devastated, leaves school and sets out to avenge his father, challenging Megavolt time and again, attempting to stop his reign of larceny, yet each encounter ends in humiliating defeat for Drake. Megavolt, meanwhile is brought back into the fold by Bulba, and the two are able to salvage enough of the Ramrod to enable it to cause serious havoc, but are missing key pieces of the formula that only Professor Waddlemeyer possesses. As time is running out before his deal with Scrooge, Bulba sends Megavolt to Duckburg to embark on a crime spree destabilizing Scrooge's business interests and to look for Waddlemeyer.
Morgana and Drake soon discover that Bulba is responsible for Professor Mallard's death, and are pursued by Hannigan across the country, evading danger and battling Bulba's goons at every turn. Meanwhile, Professor Waddlemeyer, who is being hidden by Scrooge, is able to reach Drake by secret code, and summons him to Duckburg. Scrooge, realizing the damage he has inflicted throughout his life due to his corporate pillaging and plundering, is driven by a sudden and urgent desire to atone. He provides Dr. Waddlemeyer and a young McDuck Enterprises science intern and chicken named Gyro Gearloose with unlimited monetary resources to create weaponry and vehicles in order to combat Megavolt, including the Thunderquack, a stealth fighter jet, and the Ratcatcher, a motorcycle. He takes on the guise of “The Masked Mallard”, and aided by his strong, brave and kind-hearted, yet clumsy and accident-prone pilot, bodyguard, and right-hand duck Launchpad McQuack, begins to oppose Megavolt and Bulba's minions. However, being far past his prime, Scrooge is unable to turn the tide of Megavolt's wave of crime, leading Waddlemeyer and Gearloose to develop an invincible robotic suit for him, although when it is completed Scrooge has already lost the fight. The device, known as the “Gizmosuit” is then discovered by Scrooge's brilliant but scatter-brained and meek young accountant, Fenton Crackshell.
By the time Drake and Morgana arrive in Duckburg, much of Scrooge's empire has been destroyed. The battles have taken a huge toll on McDuck, and he devotes his remaining energy to Drake, whom he sees as equally eager to beat back Bulba and Megavolt as he is. Gearloose tutors Drake in technological matters while Launchpad trains Drake in hand to hand combat, and the two develop a mutual respect and admiration for one another, as well as a tendency to bicker and one-up each other. On Scrooge's deathbed, he bequeaths a sizeable chunk of his fortune to Drake, asks him to take up the mantle of The Masked Mallard, and orders Launchpad to assist Drake in every possible way to rid the world of crime and evil.
By the denouement, a newly mature but no less cocky Drake has defeated Bulba and Megavolt, won Morgana's love, avenged his father, changed the name of his alter ego to Darkwing Duck (the name Masked Mallard being too much a giveaway to his actual identity of Drake Mallard), discovers his purpose, and triumphantly returns to St. Canard as it's guardian and protector. The adventure begins………….
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