Batman (1943) and Batman and Robin (1949) 15 Chapter Movie Serials – Columbia Pictures


The first film is notable for being the first filmed appearance of Batman and for providing two core elements of the Batman mythos. The film introduced "The Bat's Cave" and the Grandfather clock entrance. The name was altered to the Batcave in the comic. William Austin had a trim physique and sported a thin mustache. The contemporary comic Alfred was overweight and clean-shaven prior to this serial's release. The comics version of Alfred was altered to match that of Austin's. This is the way he is usually portrayed now. The popularity of a re-release of this serial in the 1960s, called An Evening with Batman and Robin, directly led to the Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

Second Film:  If Robert Lowery's Batman costume seems a bit ill-fitting, it's because it was tailored for Kirk Alyn, a bigger man. Alyn starred as Superman in both of Columbia's Superman serials.
1a.  Batman (1943) – 15 Chapter Serial – Columbia Picturere


Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin
Batman was a 15-chapter serial released in 1943 by Columbia Pictures. The serial starred Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin. J. Carrol Naish played the villain, an original character named Dr. Daka. The plot is based on Batman, a US government agent, attempting to defeat the Japanese agent Dr. Daka, at the height of World War II.  It was directed by Lambert Hillyer.

1b.  Batman (All Serials are combined into one movie - 2hr 15min - created by a fan)

1c.  Another location for the Batman Serial

2.  Batman and Robin (1949) - 15 Chapter Columbia Movie Serial

Robert Lowery played Batman, while Johnny Duncan played Robin. 

Batman and Robin (1949) is a 15-chapter serial released in 1949 by Columbia Pictures. The plot dealt with the Batman and Robin facing off against the Wizard, a hooded villain. Antisocial Prof. Hammil's Remote Control device, which enables the user to take over any motor vehicle within 50 miles, is stolen by The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind, and his gang. Batman and Robin (who drive about in a standard convertible) must prevent the Wizard from obtaining diamonds, needed as fuel for the device, and rescue magazine photographer Vicki Vale from periodic perils. Where is the Wizard's base, reached only by remote controlled submarine? Which of several suspicious characters hides beneath the Wizard's hood?

Supporting players included Jane Adams as Vicki Vale and veteran character actor Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon.

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