Service to the FantomEdit
Dante made his first appearance alongside The Fantom when he attacked the Bank of England and stole Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of the layout of Venice. He was also present when the Fantom kidnapped a group of German scientists, including Karl Draper, and blew up a zeppelin factory.
Dante first confronted The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen alongside his master in Dorian Gray's library. He and his men outnumbered the League and also had them at a disadvantage and the villains held the high ground. However, they soon became the victims of a surprise attack by Tom Sawyer and a battle erupted. Dante lost several men, but he and the Fantom managed to escape.
Dante accompanied the Fantom, whose identity had at this point been revealed to be Professor Moriarty, to his fortress in northern Mongolia, where the criminal mastermind was attempting to mass-reproduce the powers of the League. The League soon followed them and initiated an assault on the fortress. Dante picked up a flask full of Henry Jekyll's Hyde formula and drank the whole thing, triggering a transformation that turned him into the monstrous Dante Beast.
Dr Jekyll, in the form of My Hyde, engaged Dante in a battle of the titans, but was far outmatched by the huking monstrosity. While Hyde attempted to escape from the fortress with Captain Nemo, he regressed back into Dr Jekyll. The two soon found themselves cornered by Dante, who attempted to crush them with a huge icicle. However, at the last second, the fortress was destroyed by bombs planted by the League throughout the building. Dante was engulfed by a fireball and killed.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Dante was portrayed in the film by British actor Max Ryan.
- Dante is never actually named in the film. His name is only revealed in the end credits. He is identified by name in Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of the film.
- Before the film came out, it was believed that Max Ryan was going to be playing Dante Alighieri, the 14th century Italian poet famous for writing The Divine Comedy. The Dante of the film, however, bears no connection to the poet and is not based on any pre-existing characters.