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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. Rounding out the cast were Shirley Patterson as Linda Page (Bruce Wayne's love interest), and William Austin as Alfred.

The film is notable for being the first filmed appearance of Batman. Also, the film introduced "The Bat's Cave". The name was altered to the Batcave for use in the comic books as well as the Grandfather's clock entrance. Also, the comic Alfred was overweight and clean-shaven prior to the serial's release. Austin was trim and sported a thin mustache. The comic Alfred's appearance was altered to match that of Austin's, and remains the same to this day.


Actor Role
Lewis Wilson Batman
Douglas Croft Robin
J. Carrol Naish Prince Daka
Shirley Patterson Linda Page


Chapters Title
1 The Electrical Brain
2 The Bat's Cave
3 The Mark of the Zombies
4 Slaves of the Rising Sun
5 The Living Corpse
6 Poison Peril
7 The Phoney Doctor
8 Lured By Radium
9 The Sign of the Sphinx
10 Flying Spies
11 A Nipponese Trap
12 Embers of Evil
13 Eight Steps Down
14 The Executioner Strikes
15 The Doom of the Rising Sun

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