The Batman movie from 1966 wasn’t the first cinematic presentation of the Caped Crusader—in fact, it wasn’t even the second or third. In 1943, Columbia Pictures released a 15-part serial featuring the nocturnal superhero (played by Lewis Wilson) as a government agent. Produced in the middle of World War II, the plot involved an evil Japanese scientist and a machine that turns people into zombies. The series apparently did well enough to spawn a sequel of sorts: 1949’s Batman and Robin. Fifteen years later came Batman Dracula, a little-seen avant-garde oddity written and directed (without the approval of the comic publisher) by a rising young artist named Andy Warhol.
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