Spencer Gordon Bennet
There are so many funny elements to these that it’s hard not to enjoy them on some level. First of all, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson (a dead ringer for a young Michael Rooker) live in a regular suburban house instead of the mansion that we’re used to seeing - very odd. Instead of the Batmobile, these crime-fighting and livelong “partners” drive a regular car – even odder. Instead of trying to score a date with Vicki, all Bruce does is make playful quips at her; their flirting is so minimal and innocent it can barely be described as flirting – this adds more fuel to the fire that these costumed dudes are in love with one another. Through the entire 15 episodes, their foe is a man named The Wizard, a silly man in an all-black costume and hood. You’re not going to get the big-name villains like The Joker or The Penguin this time around. Again, these aren’t complaints I have, I kind of dig that these serials are a little different from the usual Batman movies and TV episodes we’re used to. Also, it’s ten times better than that abomination of a movie with the same title, BATMAN & ROBIN, directed by Joel Shumacher. In the end, these serials put me in the shoes of those little kids, sitting in the movie theaters on Saturday afternoons in 1949, experiencing some cliffhanger fun with their favorite heroes. It’s not so much the quality that’s important here as it is the nostalgia it brings upon, whether you were that little kid or not, it comes through. For Batman fans, I couldn’t recommend this enough!