A contractor named Mister Williams telephones Commissioner Gordon. He tells him of a colleague named Professor Hammil who has invented a machine that can command moving vehicles via remote control. Gordon grows concerned that Williams' research plant may become a tarBatman Takes Over is an episode of season 1 of Batman . It premiered on 1949.
Appearing in "Batman Takes Over"
- Wizard (First appearance)
- Barry Browne - a radio newscaster
- Carter - Professor Hammil's butler
- Gabe - a thug
- Jimmy - a thug
- Mister Williams - a contractor
- Nolan - a thug
- Norwood - Mr. Williams assistant
- Professor Hammil - an inventor
- Gotham City
- Remote Control Machine
Synopsis for "Batman Takes Over"
A contractor named Mister Williams telephones Commissioner Gordon. He tells him of a colleague named Professor Hammil who has invented a machine that can command moving vehicles via remote control. Gordon grows concerned that Williams' research plant may become a target for criminals and offers him police protection. Williams does not feel that it would be necessary however and declines the offer.
Later, a mysterious masked villain known as the Wizard sends his henchmen to rob Professor Hammil's remote control device. The machine is powered by diamonds, so the Wizard's men need to rob an armored car as well. Police converge on the scene, and Commissioner Gordon activates the Batman Signal.
At Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne is entertaining Vicki Vale, when Alfred informs him that the Batman Signal is glowing in the night sky. Bruce makes his excuses to Vicki and goes down into the Batcave to meet up with Robin. Together, they drive down to police headquarters to speak with Gordon. Professor Hammil is present, an apparent invalid, who is seething with anger over the theft of his machine. Mister Williams tells Batman that anyone who can control the device can control every plane, train and automobile in Gotham City.
That evening, the Wizard sends his goons out again to secure even more diamonds. Batman and Robin engage them at Wholesale Jewelers, and a fight ensues. The Dynamic Duo succeeds in defeating several of the thugs, but a few manage to escape with their ill-gotten gains.
The Wizard and his men take a submarine to his secret lair in an underground grotto. Batman and Robin use an airplane to try and find them, but the Wizard activates Hammil's device, wresting control of the plane from him.
- This is the first Batman project to feature Robert Lowery and Johnny Duncan in the roles of Batman and Robin.
- The Wizard from this series is not to be confused with William B. Zard, the Golden Age Wizard.
- In this series, Robin wears a dark-colored cape. In the 1943 serial, Robin's cape was light in color (presumably yellow).
- In the opening shot, Robin is seen driving the Batmobile. This is a unique occurence as the Batmobile is almost always driven solely by Batman.
- During one of the fight scenes, Robert Lowery appears to have trouble keeping himself from getting tangled up inside his own cape.
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