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Darkwing : The Duck Knight Returns by The Walt Disney Company

The second film in the newly rebooted CGI Darkwing Duck franchise, this sequel picks up a few years after the first one.

Darkwing has made a name for himself in St. Canard. The inheritance he has received from the late Scrooge McDuck has allowed Drake Mallard to focus solely on crime-fighting, his egotistical and self-righteous personality unlikely to well serve him in the workplace anyway. He has a base of operations in the tower of the Audubon Bay Bridge from which he monitors the city, as well as a house in the suburbs that he shares with Launchpad McQuack, the two often bickering like an old married couple.

Darkwing's hands are full dealing with a never-ending rogues gallery, the most pressing villains currently being Quackerjack, a deranged prankster terrorizing the city, and Moliarty, a mole who has taken over the remnants of Taurus Bulba's criminal rackets which he oversees from his underground lair. Darkwing is usually successful in his pursuit of criminals and is loved by the public, and himself.

After being ambushed by government agents, as a test of his abilities, Darkwing is recruited into S.H.U.S.H., a secretive international espionage and law-enforcement agency overseen by Director J. Gander Hooter, an owl, and Vladimir Goudenov Gryzzlikof, a gruff and combative Russian bear and S.H.U.S.H.'s Deputy Director, whom Darkwing suspects of being a traitor, a suspicion Gryzzlikoff reciprocates. Hooter informs Darkwing that intelligence chatter indicates that F.O.W.L, a global terrorist organization masterminded by Phineas Sharp, a British vulture rarely seen or heard, is in the midst of planning something major.

Coincidentally, Drake Mallard's old friend Professor Waddlemeyer, who is still living in Duckburg, has been at work on the Tronsplitter, a device which can separate, duplicate, reduce or enhance negatrons and positrons. His home laboratory is raided by agents of F.OW.L., led by Steelbeak, a sinister rooster with a metal mouth. Waddlemeyer is killed trying to prevent his machine from being stolen, but with his dying breaths, he tells his now pre-teen granddaughter Gosalyn to seek out Drake Mallard / Darkwing Duck. Evading and out-witting agents of F.O.W.L. who are pursuing her, the spunky and precocious Gosalyn stows away on a train and travels east, showing up at the home of Drake Mallard and Launchpad.

Devastated by the death of his old friend, Drake agrees to lodge Gosalyn and protect her until other accommodations can be made. The two soon clash, as Gosalyn, a gifted archer, stows away on Darkwing's dangerous missions, craving to be part of the action and preoccupied with vengeance (much as young Drake was), while Darkwing is not pleased at the interruptions to his routine. Gosalyn finds a more supportive ally in Launchpad, himself a big kid at heart.

While Darkwing and Launchpad investigate F.O.W.L.'s fiendish plans with the Tronsplitter, an assignment that takes them to Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, Darkwing finds himself becoming entangled with Dr. Sarah Bellum, an enigmatic scientist working for S.H.U.S.H., his old flame Morgana having abruptly and unexpectedly long ago left him to travel the world. But the closer he gets to Bellum, the less sure he is that she can be trusted.

Eventually F.O.W.L.'s plot is uncovered. They are using the Tronsplitter to create mass lawlessness by accentuating the malice inside everyone, and replacing world leaders with evil duplicates under their control.

Steelbeak is assisted in this operation by Dr. Reginald Bushroot, a once promising scientist and expert on DNA who many years ago accidently transformed himself into a half-plant, half-duck monstrosity by injecting himself with plant DNA while experimenting with photosynthesis. A decent duck slowly being driven mad by his condition, he is black-mailed into participating in F.O.W.L.'s global domination scheme with the promise of an antidote.

Throughout the course of the adventure, Drake and Gosalyn grow fond of one another, and Drake's selfishness begins to lessen as he decides to adopt her, seeing her as a kindred spirit.

Although victorious against F.O.W.L. in the end, during the climactic battle as the Tronsplitter is destroyed, Darkwing is severely wounded, and when he comes to, he realizes the full extent of the price he has paid. Weakened, and not fully himself, he learns he is about to go up against his most challenging adversary yet. One who knows all his tricks. His every strength, his every weakness, his every secret. Himself……….

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Christopher Nolan 50% 
  2. 2. Sam Raimi 25% 
  3. 3. Bryan Singer 25% 

Cast Results

Darkwing Duck / Drake Mallard Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Jake Gyllenhaal 25% 
  2. 2. Christia Bale 25% 
  3. 3. Ryan Gosling 25% 
  4. 4. Christian Bale 25% 

Launchpad McQuack Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Hugh Jackman 25% 
  2. 2. Robert Downey Jr. 25% 
  3. 3. Eric Bana 25% 
  4. 4. Robert Downer Jr. 25% 

Gosalyn Waddlemeyer / Mallard Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Dakota Fanning 50% 
  2. 2. Ellen Page 25% 
  3. 3. Abigail Breslin 25% 

Steelbeak Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Alec Baldwin 50% 
  2. 2. Josh Brolin 25% 
  3. 3. Daniel Craig 25% 

Dr. Sarah Bellum Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Natalie Portman 50% 
  2. 2. Emily Blunt 25% 
  3. 3. Mila Kunis 25% 

Dr. Reginald Bushroot Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Christopher Walken 50% 
  2. 2. Philip Seymour Hoffman 25% 
  3. 3. William H. Macy 25% 

Phineas Sharp Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Christopher Lee 50% 
  2. 2. Clive Owen 25% 
  3. 3. Jeremy Irons 25% 

Fenton Crackshell Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Ewan McGregor 50% 
  2. 2. James Franco 25% 
  3. 3. Orlando Bloom 25% 

J. Gander Hooter Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. John Hurt 50% 
  2. 2. Ben Kingsley 25% 
  3. 3. Toby Jones 25% 

Vladimir Goudenov Gryzzlikof Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Paul Sorvino 50% 
  2. 2. Michael Clarke Duncan 25% 
  3. 3. Peter Stormare 25% 

Quackerjack Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. James Woods 50% 
  2. 2. Tim Roth 25% 
  3. 3. Eddie Izzard 25% 

Moliarty Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Alfred Molina 50% 
  2. 2. Bob Hoskins 25% 
  3. 3. Paul Giamatti 25% 

Professor Horrace Waddlemeyer Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Jim Broadbent 50% 
  2. 2. Tom Wilkinson 25% 
  3. 3. Albert Brooks 25% 

Gyro Gearloose Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. James McAvoy 50% 
  2. 2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt 25% 
  3. 3. Elijah Wood 25% 

President Gladstone Gander Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Donald Sutherland 50% 
  2. 2. James Cromwell 25% 
  3. 3. John Lithgow 25% 

Admiral Grimitz Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Sam Elliott 50% 
  2. 2. Jon Voight 25% 
  3. 3. Nick Nolte 25% 

Herb Muddlefoot Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. John Goodman 50% 
  2. 2. Randy Quaid 25% 
  3. 3. Wayne Knight 25% 

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