The Darkwing Duck series (which retains only a few dedicated fans in the present day) was a low-budget live-action TV series in the 1980's and 1990's of the 2017 Continuum. It saw Darkwing Duck, a catchphrase-spouting night-dwelling superhero (played by egotistical actor Jim Starling, famous for doing all of his own stunts), fighting various supervillains. The series was cancelled before it could deliver a proper finale which would have cleared up the frustratingly confusing cliffhanger of the last broadcast episode, where Darkwing Duck realized his latest and greatest enemy was none other than an exact copy of himself.
In 2019, two attempts were made to revive the Darkwing Duck brand; the first was an amateurish fanfilm written by long-time fan Launchpad McQuack and starring Bentina Beakley as a gender-flipped Darkwing; the other was a gritty live-action reboot entitled Darkwing: First Darkness, directed by Alistair Boorswan. Boorswan's film could not be completed following a series of accidents caused by Jim Starling, driven mad with jealousy at having been replaced for the title part by the president of his fanclub, Drake Mallard. These events led to Drake Mallard becoming a real-life version of Darkwing Duck, with the maddened Starling adopting the identity of Negaduck as his archnemesis.
Behind the scenes
The in-universe Darkwing Duck TV series (somewhere between the real-life Darkwing Duck TV show and the famous Adam West Batman TV series from the 1960's) was first mentioned in the 2017 DuckTales 2017 episode Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System.