Film: Batman and Robin Serial

No, not that Batman & Robin.

The sequel to Batman's film debut, the 1943 movie The Batman, Batman and Robin was released in 1949 by Columbia Pictures and served as a sequel serial, consisting of fifteen chapters in a similar way as the original. 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 plot dealt with the duo facing off against the Wizard, a hooded villain whose identity remains a mystery throughout the serial until the end. The serial covers their adventures in attempting to thwart the nefarious deeds of the Wizard.

See also The Batman for the original Batman film. This along with the film before it also inspired the 1960s TV series.


The Batman and Robin serial provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Canon Immigrant: Vicki Vale's brother Jimmy.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Vicki Vale's brother Jimmy finds out Batman is Bruce Wayne. Guess who doesn't survive to the end of the episode.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending
  • His Name Is...: This happens to a news reporter who is about to reveal the Wizard's identity. Fortunately, he got better.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: The Wizard, courtesy of cheap flashing LEDs.
  • Informed Attribute: "Stately" Wayne Manor seems to be a six room single floor house, not a mansion.
  • Name and Name
  • Non-Indicative Title:
    • Episodes Robin's Wild Ride and Robin Rescues Batman are bald-faced lies. Robin never has a wild ridenote , and he certainly doesn't rescue Batman at any point in the episode. Target Robin! implies the Wizard hasn't targeted Robin until this episode. He's always targeted the dynamic duo. The reason for this is that the episode titles were written far in advance of the actual scripts, to entice theater owners into exhibiting the series. The screenwriters paid little attention to the episode titles when they were doing the actual writing.
    • Averted, of sorts, with The Wizard. The name does not come from a magical wizard like Merlin, but it's actually a reference to Thomas Edison, "The Wizard of Menlo Park".
  • Plot Twist: The series had been hinting strongly that the wheelchair-ridden Professor, who used some device to make himself walk normally, was the Wizard. It was his valet, instead.
  • Techno Wizard
  • Thememobile: Like the first serial, the budget didn't allow for a separate Batmobile, so Batman and Robin drive around in Bruce Wayne's Mercury. Lampshaded when Vicki Vale asks Batman if Bruce Wayne knows that Batman is using his car.
  • Traintop Battle: It wouldn't be an action-adventure serial of any kind without one.
  • The Valet Did It
  • A Wizard Did It: Literally, except not.