• Locarno Film Festival

  • Morelia Int'l Film Festival

  • TCM Film Festival

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Spanish with English subtitles

With Maura Monti, Roberto Cañedo, Héctor Godoy

A whacked-out scientist is capturing wrestlers (because they are “perfect”) and using their spinal fluid to create a Gill Man. Two cops call in Batwoman to investigate. She steals aboard the baddie’s boat and uncovers his mad plan, but she is discovered and during a scuffle, our hero tosses acid in the scientist’s face. This doesn’t sit too well with him and he seeks revenge. His plan: to capture her and turn her into a Gill Woman!

The Bat Woman is a fascinating and little-known entry in the Batman superhero canon. Taking advantage of Batman’s increased popularity, director René Cardona, known later for his luchador adventures, aimed to showcase the talents of actress Maura Monti by splicing elements of “Batmania” with Mexico’s popular lucha libre style. Dressed in a cape, cowl, boots, and bikini, Maura takes on the lead role of Batwoman, called upon to investigate an evil, whacked-out scientist who is capturing wrestlers for diabolical experiments. – Museum of the Moving Image

This film is part of The Permanencia Voluntaria Archives, whose main objective is to rescue, preserve, and restore the popular cinema of Mexico’s cinematographic history.


“An incredibly enjoyable film. A jaunty horn-based score keeps the mood upbeat throughout. So, if you like Austin Powers, Adam West’s Batman, or any of the Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello movies, you will love this.” – Lorry Kikta, Film Thread

“A delightful, warmhearted entertainment with a handmade quality… the unpretentious fun of The Bat Woman feels all the more precious in comparison with many of today’s lumbering superhero franchises.”The New York Times

About the Director
René Cardona (1906-1988) was a Cuban-born actor and filmmaker who primarily worked in Mexican cinema during its Golden Age. He was known for Santa Claus (1959), The Bat Woman (1968), and Night of the Bloody Apes (1969). He occasionally worked in American productions, the most notable being the second unit director for Two Mules for Sister Sara (starring Clint Eastwood).