1. Batman has
baggy tights and cone-shaped ears.
2. Robin has curly hair.
3. There is no Batmobile. They ride in a
convertible. In their Bruce Wayne/Dick Grayson identities they
ride around with the top down. When going into Batman and Robin
mode they put the top up and enter a deserted alley for cover.
4. There is no Commissioner Gordon. The
Batman and Robin deal with most is named Captain Arnold (an uncredited
appearance by Charles C. Wilson)
5. Alfred is primarily comic relief; a jittery
whole English thing is a bit forced. He is
also more of a chauffeur than a butler. In addition, his last
name in this movie is Beagle. In all other Batman media, Alfred's
last name is Pennyworth. INTERESTING
FACT: Actor William Austin, uncredited in this serial, played
Alfred. Up to this time, the Alfred in the comics was pudgy and
balding with black hair. Due to the popularity of this serial,
the comic Alfred was slimmed down to look more like William Austin!
5. The Batcave is called "The Bat's Cave".
FACT: It was the "Bat's Cave" in this popular serial that
inspired the Batcave a little later in the comics.
6. Batman marks the criminals he captures with a
bat stamp on
7. There is no distinctive bat-gadgetry.
The villain Dr.
Daka, however, has many clever inventions. Batman's
crime-fighting tools are limited to: grappling hook & rope,
radio tranceiver, and in Chapter 13, Batman uses a flashlight. In
Chapter 9, Robin uses a Bat-Signal
flashlight, but that's about as exotic as it gets.
8. Batman and Robin get hit a lot. They
fight like amateurs
and are definitely not martial artists.
9. Our heroes get knocked out more than the
Batman, Robin, Alfred, and Linda Page all spend a good amount of time
10. Batman and Robin's feats of daring are
smashing through windows, climbing ropes, and walking on highwires.
11. Batman never, ever uses his utility belt.
The Coolest Things to Watch For in
Chapter 1: The bad guys'
color-changing car. It changes from black to white!
Everyone ducks down in the car except for the driver, who makes himself
look like a chauffeur by putting on a chauffeur's hat! They
outwit Bruce, Dick, Alfred, and Linda who are in pursuit.
Chapter 2: Linda Page
gets knocked out by sleeping gas in a trick phone booth!
Chapter 9: Robin shines a
flashlight through a window which shows the Bat-Signal on a wall!
It makes the bad guys think Batman is outside, when he is really inside
with them, posing as a gangster.
Chapter 13: Batman falls
through a trap door into a pit with spiked walls. The walls move
dangerously close together...