Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love. Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionize skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. So when gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, can take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise.