Batman (1943)

15 part serial
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (RCA Sound System), English

An American science fiction serial directed by Lambert Hillyer.

Plot Summary

Japanese spy Prince Daka is working undercover in Gotham City, turning American scientists into zombies. Only Batman can save the day.


Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943] by Columbia Pictures Corp
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Rudolph C. Flothow
Screen Play by: Victor McLeod, Leslie Swabacker, Harry Fraser
Based on the Batman comic magazine appearing in Detective Comics and Batman magazines created by Bob Kane
Director of Photography: James S. Brown Jr
Film Editors: Dwight Caldwell, Earl Turner
Music by: Lee Zahler

Lewis Wilson [Batman/Bruce Wayne]
Douglas Croft [Robin/Dick Grayson]
J. Carrol Naish [Dr Daka]
Shirley Patterson [Linda Page]

Alternative Titles

Batman und Robin – West Germany
The Batman – USA (advertising)
Betmen – Serbia
An Evening with Batman and Robin – USA (re-release)
El hombre murciélago – Mexico
O Morcego – Brazil
Homem Morcego – Portugal
Бэтмен – Soviet Russian title

Batman and Robin (1949)

Extracts included in
Action Heroes of the Cliffhanger (1992)
The Batmobile (2012)
The Evolution of Batman in Cinema (2015)
The Lady with the Torch (1999)
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989)
The Three Stooges Follies (1974)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.6


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.112 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Batman Filmography (2nd edition) by Mark S. Reinhart p.15-31
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.406
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.290-291
  • Encyclopedia of American Film Serials by Geoff Mayer pp.45-46
  • Matinee Melodrama: Playing With Formula in the Sound Serial by Scott Higgins pp.99-100
  • by Walt Lee p.26 – credits
  • Science Fiction Serials by Roy Kinnard pp.103-109
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.135