The Batman (An Evening with Batman and Robin) (1943)
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It's something to make you cringe at our cinematic history or to revel in how far we've come.
Columbia Pictures' Batman is just about as good as the next serial, which spells plenty of two-fisted fun.
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It was so cool to get to see one of these old serials. Every episode ends with a cliffhanger, which I found were usually pretty funny. If you love Batman, I highly recommend checking out this serial, it's the oldest Batman stories on film. You wont recognize the villains, but it's still really fun to watch.
Good old fun with some really old school Batman. The plot is dragged out over several episodes, and a lot of the episodes feel the same, but they're still interesting and maintain the usual serial elements. The cliffhangers do get a bit old though, as they all almost end the same way, making this serial very predictable. None of Batman's classic villains appear, but we still have a pretty good mafia gang, plus some zombies to boot. There's plenty of laughs and action throughout, and each episode is pretty satisfying. Overall, it's a neat little piece of superhero and cinematic history.
Not the best representation of the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder, but this serial has its moments. It is racist as hell, with Batman working for the Government (?) to help fight the evils of the Japanese! There is even a line by the narrator in which he says that the "Wise government rounded up the shifty eyed Japs." Ridiculous propaganda. But as adventure serials go, it is okay, but it just isn't the best representation of the Bat and has that propaganda angle really bogs it down into a product of its time...sadly a very bad moment in American history.
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