Maura Monti (Batwoman/Gloria)
Hector Godoy (Captain Mario Robles)
Armando Silvestre (Inspector Tony Rocca)
Roberto Canedo (Dr. Eric Williams)
Jorge Mondragon (Igor) [uncredited]
Director- Rene Cardona
Writer- Alfredo Salazar The Batwoman (1968): This is a Mexican
film, based on an American fictional character (Batman), whose star is
Italian! Maura Monti played the sex-sational Batwoman in this
superheroine feature. At one point in the movie, she wears a
Of all the various "Batwoman" films made in the late
none of them were based on the DC Comics Batwoman & Batgirl team
from the late 1950s-early 1960s. Instead, they were all sexy
female versions of the Batman character.
I was curious about this movie, so I decided to
watch it. I read a lot of bad reviews about it so I almost
thought it was going to be a turkey. It's actually a very fun,
sexy, and harmless movie. I don't know what all the nay-sayers
are talking about. I even had to read English subtitles, which is
something I NEVER like to do, and I still enjoyed it. Batwoman is
a mysterious person never seen in public without her mask; like a
female version of Mexico's real-life wrestler celebrity Santo, who was
never seen without his silver mask.
The only similarity to Batman in this movie is the
name of the character and, to some extent, the image. I don't
think, however, Batman ever wore a bikini. So Batwoman really is
her own character, loosely inspired by the DC Comics property. No
lawsuit was ever brought up against this film; probably because it was
never really released in the United States.
This movie has no origin for Batwoman. We know
little about her. It just jumps right into the story, which is
nice. I don't think every superhero film needs to be an origin
story, because origins can be boring. We do hear, only once, that
her first name is Gloria.
Batwoman lives in Mexico City. She's very
wealthy, and picks and chooses which cases she works on. Police
departments all over Mexico welcome her help, because she is known to
get results. Batwoman is a "queen of all sports" and excels in
marksmanship, scuba diving, and especially wrestling. She has no
super powers, and no high-tech gadgets. Batwoman is simply an
Besides being a crimefighter, Batwoman is best known
as a wrestler. Wrestling fame may be the source of her great
fortune, or she may have inherited her money...we're not told.
When she's fighting crime, she wears a bikini; when she wrestles, she
wears a gray bodysuit. In the ring, an actual woman wrestler is
used, so Batwoman looks about fifty pounds heavier! THAT could
have been done better.
Only two people know of Batwoman's true
identity. One is Captain Mario Robles, the other is Inspector
Tony Rocca from Mexico City. Mario is more Batwoman's boyfriend
than Tony, but there is definitely a love triangle going on.
Surprisingly, everything is friendly between Mario and Tony.
Batwoman is called to the beautiful city of Acapulco
to solve a most puzzling mystery. Dead wrestlers are being found
all over the city. The evidence piles up against Dr. Eric
Williams, a brilliant, but misguided neurologist whose hobby is
fish. He is obsessed with creating a human-fish hybrid he calls
"the gillman". Williams desires male wrestlers because he thinks
they are the strongest, most physically perfect specimens for creating
such beasts. He actually succeeds in creating one gillman, whom
he names Pisces. This giant fish-man terrorizes Batwoman and her
partners. When Batwoman throws acid at Dr. Williams' face, he
vows to capture her and create a gillwoman. Of course he doesn't
get the job done, all the bad guys are killed, and Batwoman and friends
live happily ever after.
How "The Batwoman" Could Have Been
The idea of "The Batwoman" is cool. I liked
the movie, but I do agree it's missing some things. One thing
about superheroine movies: You've GOT to have a rival woman
character. There are no other significant woman characters in
this movie; only a few brief moments with wrestler Esmerelda.
Batwoman could have used a female nemesis. Every superwoman has a
woman arch-rival. It's sexy, and an opportunity lost on this
movie. A shame, too, because they were trying for the sexy vote.
And since they were going for sexy, Batwoman could
have been filmed in more sexy poses. They didn't do close-ups or
anything! Batwoman fainted once, out-of-costume, so that didn't
do much. The filmmakers could have done more with a bikini-clad
Batwoman than just have her walk around.
The overall story idea was good, but they could have
filled in some of the blanks. There was no real personal
connection for Batwoman in this case, and the obvious potential reason
was overlooked completely. The murdered men are wrestlers, she's
a wrestler. Couldn't one or some of the murdered men have been
friends of hers? And she was looking to avenge their
deaths? What exactly was Batwoman's motivation?
A little more background information on Batwoman
would have been nice. They could have explained how she came into
her money. Or how she and Mario and Tony met. Or maybe they
could have referred to some of her past adventures. Something!
Plusses for "The Batwoman" Film:
Maura Monti is gorgeous and was a good choice for
The character of Batwoman was a sexy, female version
of Batman and Santo. That, alone, makes this appealing.
Acapulco was a good setting, with a lot of pretty
scenery to film.
Batwoman was always pretty active and NEVER
boring. She was always fighting, swimming, or doing something
that was a spectacle.
The story moved quickly. Not always properly
explained, but never dry. And it was a great story concept.
The characters are cool. Mario and Tony are
likable guys, and Dr. Williams and Igor are entertaining.
The limited special effects are still fairly well
done. That's better than a movie that tries to show a lot of
special effects that all come out bad.
This was made to be a light-hearted, yet legitimate
superhero movie. It wasn't made crappy on purpose like the 1966
"Batman" TV series and it wasn't a spoof. I would have liked to
have seen Batwoman made into a series of movies, and she certainly
could have carried a string of films. I do think further
installments would have been even better. The Batwoman saga just
needed a chance to be developed.