Batman and Robin (serial)

New Adventures of Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder[1][2], also known as simply Batman and Robin, is a 15-chapter serial released in 1949 by Columbia Pictures. It is a sequel to the 1943 serial Batman, although with different actors. Robert Lowery played Batman, while Johnny Duncan played Robin. Supporting players included Jane Adams as Vicki Vale and veteran character actor Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon.

The serials were re-released as Video On Demand titles by Rifftrax, the alumni project of Mystery Science Theater 3000's - Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. As of September 2014, they have released the entire serial series.[3] Turner Classic Movies has broadcast the film serial from June to November 2015 in a weekly half-hour slot on Saturday mornings.

Batman and Robin
Batman and Robin 1949 poster
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Produced bySam Katzman
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Bob Kane and
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byDwight Caldwell
Earl Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 26, 1949 (United States)
Running time
15 chapters (264 minutes)
CountryUnited States


The Dynamic Duo face off against the Wizard, a hooded villain with an electrical device which controls cars and a desire to set challenges for the Dynamic Duo, whose identity remains a mystery throughout until the end.


All primary cast members are deceased.


"As usual on a Katzman production," note Harmon and Glut, "the low budget showed everywhere in money-saving shortcuts, and inadequacies." The Batman costume had a poorly fitting cowl and the Robin costume added pink tights to cover the "hairy legs" of both the actor and the stuntman. The Batmobile is again excluded, but instead of a limousine as in the first serial, the duo drive around in a 1949 Mercury.[4]

Several mistakes and failures of logic occur in the serial. One example is that the film shows the Bat-Signal working in broad daylight. Another occurs when, despite the fact that the heroes' utility belts had been replaced by normal belts with no pockets or pouches for this serial, in order to escape from a vault, Batman pulls the nozzle and hose of an oxy-acetylene torch from his belt to cut through a steel door (the tanks for the torch are not shown); to compound this mistake, it is a full-sized oxy-acetylene torch that would have been impossible to carry unseen on his person. Harmon and Glut suggest that this was probably scripted to be a miniaturised 3-inch torch, as used in the comics, but the film-makers improvised in following the directions for a "blowtorch."[4]


Home media

DVD cover
  • The serial was released on DVD in 2005, timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Batman Begins. Unlike its predecessor, Batman and Robin: The Complete 1949 Movie Serial Collection has been given a restoration.
  • In February 4, 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment released Gotham City Serials, a two-disc DVD set that includes both the 1943 Batman serial and the 1949 Batman and Robin Serial.
  • Rifftrax released a Video On Demand of the first installment of the short on July 16, 2013, featuring a running mocking commentary from Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame.[5] The final episode, "Batman Victorious," was released with commentary on September 19, 2014.

Chapter titles

Turner Classic Movies began airing episodes of Batman & Robin in June 2015, following one week after the conclusion of airing the previous 1943 serial. Broadcast paused in August in favor of alternate programming, but resumed in September.

  1. Batman Takes Over (Broadcast June 27, 2015 on TCM)
  2. Tunnel of Terror (Broadcast July 11, 2015 on TCM)
  3. Robin's Wild Ride (Broadcast July 18, 2015 on TCM)
  4. Batman Trapped! (Broadcast July 25, 2015 on TCM)
  5. Robin Rescues Batman! (Broadcast September 5, 2015 on TCM)
  6. Target - Robin! (Broadcast September 12, 2015 on TCM)
  7. The Fatal Blast (Broadcast September 19, 2015 on TCM)
  8. Robin Meets the Wizard! (Broadcast September 26, 2015 on TCM)
  9. The Wizard Strikes Back! (Broadcast October 3, 2015 on TCM)
  10. Batman's Last Chance! (Broadcast October 10, 2015 on TCM)
  11. Robin's Ruse (Broadcast October 17, 2015 on TCM)
  12. Robin Rides the Wind (Broadcast October 24, 2015 on TCM)
  13. The Wizard's Challenge (Broadcast November 7, 2015 on TCM)
  14. Batman vs. Wizard (Broadcast November 14, 2015 on TCM)
  15. Batman Victorious (Broadcast November 21, 2015 on TCM)


See also


  1. ^ "Batman and Robin (1949) - Home Video Reviews -".
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Search".
  4. ^ a b Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "10. The Long-Underwear Boys "You've Met Me, Now Meet My Fist!"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 240–242. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  5. ^ "New Short from RiffTrax… « Satellite News".
  6. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 249. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

External links

Preceded by
Bruce Gentry (1949)
Columbia Serial
Batman and Robin (1949)
Succeeded by
Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949)

The Bat-Signal is a distress signal device appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as a means to summon the superhero, Batman. It is a specially modified searchlight with a stylized emblem of a bat affixed to the light, allowing it to project a large bat symbol onto the skies over Gotham City.

The signal is used by the Gotham City Police Department as a method of contacting and summoning Batman in the event his help is needed and as a weapon of psychological intimidation to the numerous criminals of Gotham City.

It doubles as the primary logo for the Batman series of comic books, TV shows and movies.

Batman (serial)

Batman (or The Batman) is a 1943 black-and-white 15-chapter theatrical serial from Columbia Pictures, produced by Rudolph C. Flothow, directed by Lambert Hillyer, that stars Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as his sidekick Robin. The serial is based on the DC Comics character Batman, who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. The villain is an original character named Dr. Daka, a secret agent of the Japanese Imperial government, played by J. Carrol Naish. Rounding out the cast are Shirley Patterson as Linda Page, Bruce Wayne's love interest, and William Austin as Alfred, the Wayne Manor butler.

The serial's storyline involves the Batman, a secret U. S. government agent, attempting to defeat the sabotage schemes of Japanese agent Dr. Daka operating in Gotham City at the height of World War II. Serving Daka are his traitorous American henchmen.

Batman is notable for being the first appearance on film of Batman and for debuting serial story details that quickly became permanent parts of the Batman comic's mythos: the Bat's Cave and its secret entrance through a grandfather clock inside Wayne Manor. The serial also changed the course of how Alfred Pennyworth's physical appearance was depicted in Batman stories. At the time Batman was released in theaters, Alfred was a portly gentleman in the comics. Subsequent issues suddenly portrayed Alfred as trim and sporting a thin mustache, following actor William Austin's portrayal.

The serial was commercially successful and in 1949, four years after World War II, spawned another Columbia chapter serial, Batman and Robin. The entire first Batman serial was re-released theatrically in 1965 as An Evening with Batman and Robin, and proved very popular. (Some theatres showed the chapters as a Saturday matinee.) Its success inspired the action-comedy lampoon series Batman (and its 1966 theatrical feature film spin-off) starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

Batman and Robin

Batman and Robin refers to the partnership between Batman and Robin, two superhero characters originally appearing in DC Comics.

It is also the title of a number of fictional works starring the duo:

Batman and Robin (serial), a 1949 fifteen-chapter movie serial

Batman & Robin (film), a 1997 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell

Batman & Robin (video game), a 1998 game based upon the above film

Batman & Robin (soundtrack), a soundtrack for the above film

Batman and Robin (comic strip), a newspaper comic strip

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder, an animated series started in 1969

The Adventures of Batman & Robin, season two of Batman: The Animated Series, renamed in 1994

The Adventures of Batman & Robin (video game), a 1994 video game for the above series

All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, a comic book series started in 2005

Batman and Robin (comic book), a 2009 ongoing comic book series by Grant Morrison

Batman serials

There were two serials released in the 1940s pertaining to the character Batman:

Batman (serial) from 1943

Batman and Robin (serial) from 1949

Gotham City Police Department

The Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) is a fictional police department appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The GCPD services Gotham City and is typically depicted in stories featuring the superhero Batman.

John Hart (actor)

John Lewis Hart (December 13, 1917 – September 20, 2009), also credited as John Hilton was an American film and television actor. In his early career, Hart appeared mostly in Westerns. Although Hart played mostly minor roles in some fairly well known films, he was probably best known for having replaced Clayton Moore in 1952 in the television series, The Lone Ranger for one season from 1952 until 1953.

List of compositions by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

This is a list of compositions by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Mercury Eight

The Mercury Eight is an automobile that was marketed by the Mercury division of Ford between 1939 and 1951. The debut model line of the Mercury division, Ford slotted the full-size Mercury Eight between the Ford Deluxe (later Custom) model lines and the Lincoln. In total, Ford assembled three generations of the Eight (before and after World War II).

During its production, the Eight offered a full range of body styles, including coupes, sedans, convertibles, and station wagons. For its first generation, the Eight was produced with its own body, adapting its own version of a Ford body for its second generation; for the third generation, the Eight shared its body with the Lincoln.

For the 1952 model year, Ford expanded its namesake division to three nameplates and Lincoln and Mercury to two each, with Mercury replacing the Eight with Monterey (introduced in 1950 as a trim option), lasting until 1974.

Michael Whalen (actor)

Joseph Kenneth Shovlin (June 30, 1902 – April 14, 1974), known as Michael Whalen, was an American actor who starred in B Movies and television, including Son of a Badman and Wee Willie Winkie.

Rick Vallin

Rick Vallin (born Eric Efron, September 24, 1919 – August 31, 1977) was an actor who appeared in more than 150 films between 1938 and 1966.

Robert Lowery (actor)

Robert Lowery (born Robert Lowery Hanks, October 17, 1913 – December 26, 1971) was an American motion picture, television, and stage actor who appeared in more than seventy films.

Wayne Manor

Wayne Manor is a fictional American mansion appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. It is the personal residence of Bruce Wayne, who is also the superhero Batman.

The residence is depicted as a large mansion on the outskirts of Gotham City and is maintained by the Wayne family's butler, Alfred Pennyworth. While the earliest stories showed Bruce Wayne buying the house himself, by the 1950s at the latest, retroactive continuity established that the manor had belonged to the Wayne family for several generations. Along with serving as a personal residence, the mansion sits above the Batcave, which Batman uses as his secret headquarters. The vast majority of DC Comics references place Wayne Manor just outside of Gotham City in the state of New Jersey.In the 1960s television series, the narrator refers to the mansion as "stately Wayne Manor". For live-action films, English country house locations in Nottinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, as well as Stevenson Taylor Hall in New York, have been used to depict Wayne Manor.

Supporting characters
Related identities
In other media
Alternative versions
Films produced by Sam Katzman
Victory Studios
Other 1930s
Jungle Jim series
East Side Kids
The Teen Agers
Rock musicals
Live-action television
Live-action films
Animated television
Animated films
Animated shorts
Enemies in other media
Supporting characters in other media
Related topics
Single films
See also
Pre-war serials
War-time serials
Post-war serials

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.