Dir. Mike Bender, 1994, 96 min.
After his grandmother is killed in a Mafia hit, naïve and purehearted repairman Darryl fashions a bulletproof housecoat and red long johns to take on the mob as Blankman. But how long can a superhero with no superpowers last against the forces of organized crime? Damon Wayans co-wrote the screenplay and played the title role, which based in part on his “Handi-Man” character from the 1990s TV comedy series In Living Color. Co-starring David Alan Grier and Robyn Givens.
Striking Iron Film Series
Iron’s elemental strength has inspired fantastical narratives around science and invention across visual genres—especially film. This summer series celebrates black superheroes and vigilantes through comedies and action films featuring Robert Townsend, Damon Wayans, and Wesley Snipes. Escape the warm summer evenings in our cool auditorium with free screenings on the third Wednesday of the month.
Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day
Rideshare drop-off 305 Royce Drive.
About the Exhibition
Striking Iron is a major international traveling exhibition that reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, and astonishing artistry.