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At the height of the Batmania sparked by Adam West's turn as Batman in the beloved 1960s TV series, Mexican director René Cardona — known for his popular luchador movies, but also for the crazy 1959 Christmas movie SANTA CLAUS VS. THE DEVIL — decided it was time for an unofficial spin on the character that would fuse the Batman universe with elements of lucha libre wrestling, James Bond and Frankenstein. Italian-born actress Maura Monti (ALIEN TERROR, SANTO VS. THE MARTIAN INVASION) stars as the titular Batwoman. She's a female twist on Bruce Wayne — fabulously wealthy, an excellent equestrian, a master of spearfishing, a celebrated luchador, an international spy and, most importantly, a caped (bikini-clad) crusader for justice. Her mission here is to investigate an evil scientist who is capturing famous wrestlers, bringing them to his luxury yacht in Acapulco Bay and using their spinal fluid to create a Gill Man. Because yes, there is also a Gill Man in this movie. This little-known entry in the Batman oeuvre is a must-see on the big screen, with eye-popping scenery, costumes and fight choreography and even underwater sequences. DIR René Cardona; SCR Alfredo Salazar, based on characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger; PROD Guillermo Calderón. Mexico, 1968, color, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
New digital restoration by Permanencia Voluntaria Archive.
No AFI Member passes accepted.
THE BATWOMAN is the inaugural screening in our AFI Silver After Dark series. It is also part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival.