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The Wild World of Batwoman (1966)
The Worst of the Worst
I remember the great disappointment when I bought a ticket to this turkey expecting something of the Batwoman from Batman comics, and this disaster came up. What a letdown for a jr high kid.
Greatest bad exploitation of bad exploitation films. Take AIP teenage dancing girls & 'hip' music & love at first sight, the early Batman craze, 3 stooges situations,a mad scientist, an Igor-like assistant. pairs of dual comedic characters, masked wrestling, seances, very bad backgrounds worthy of 3rd graders, Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth's Ratfink, cults, and other early 60s culture items.
A plot with no continuity where an evil entity trying to takeover the world is a target to be stopped by Batwoman and her Bat-girls. From start to finish there are more continuity twists and turns than a ball of yarn. Not even MST3K could make this interesting. Ironically, Batwoman, Katherine Vidor, went on to be come a continuity coordinator for many of the Disney channel cartoons of the 1990s: Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Aladdin and Little Mermaid to name a few.
A rating of 1 came from the interesting costume of Batwoman. That interest faded in 15 minutes. You'll find the first tattoo of a bat below her collarbone as part of the costume.
Easily the Best Superman Episode Ever as Superman Invades the Crime World
For every kid who loved the Superman comic books, this episode was what we hoped every episode would be - lots of super-action with crook after crook being rounded up and personally tossed in jail by the Man of Steel.
Black and white is the perfect medium for this mini-film noir as Superman promises the city of Metropolis that he will fight the Crime Wave head on, and put the ringleader in jail. The 'Crook Capture Countdown' keeps the story moving as the Man of Tomorrow marks off crook after crook, moving one step closer to capturing "Mr. Big" with each update.
Here George Reeves delivers a Superman so intense, who would ever even think about crossing him? But of course in their greed, criminals still think they can outwit the Last Son of Krypton.
As he closes in on the crime boss, will Superman fall into a deadly super-trap that spells final doom for the Caped Avenger, or does he turn the tables the "Number 1 Man?" (I started crying when I thought it was curtains for my favorite hero.)
Although this is a clip show of season 1 and clips from Warner Bros movies and serials, it shows how even when budgets are tight, exciting TV can happen.
This episode also emphasizes that the original vision of the show was not to barely-out-of-diapers kids like me at the time. It was directed towards our parents and other grown up followers of the radio show, Fleischer animations, and movie serials of the 40s. Much of the violence found in this episode disappeared from the future 'kid-tamed', full color episodes of later years.