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Miller Creek brings Gotham City Serials to DVD

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Gotham City Serials 1940s collection


Before Batman came to the big screen in one of his many incarnations or even the famed 60s TV series Batman came to life for the first time in the 1943 serial The Batman starring Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin and consisted of 15 chapters. The success of this series sent an all-new series into production that debuted in 1949, Batman and Robin that this time starred Robert Lowery as Batman and Johnny Duncan as Robin that ran for another 15 chapters.

In Batman, the dynamic duo face off against a radium-powered death ray, a deadly alligator pit, and electronic zombies, while in Batman and Robin they help Commissioner Gordon battle the Wizard, a villainous madman who steals a top-secret remote device allowing him to control all the moving vehicles in Gotham. Between The Wizard trying to destroy them and Bruce Wayne's love interest Vicky Vale working to uncover their identities, The Dynamic Duo careen from one nail-biting cliffhanger to the next as they set out to save Gotham and foil The Wizard's plan for world domination. Despite these productions suffering from low budgets and various changes to the mythology of the character there is something still engaging about them. Most of it is probably due to the classic nature of them all that you can let it go knowing that these were not only the first outings, but paved the way the greatness that finally came to be. The episodes are pretty silly at times, but work because they are trying to take themselves seriously. The story arcs have all the fun of the stories of the time and place Batman and Robin in some outrageous situations that at times were uncharacteristic of them, but made for a fun time.

The quality is decent enough for the time period these were produced, but still a bit obviously aged. This set includes all the episodes from these iconic 1940s serials and is sure to be a must have for any hardcore Batman fan so be sure to grab your copy as well as some of the other seasons over at