The rest of The Batwoman is a cat-and-mouse game between Dr. Williams with his posse and Gloria and hers. There’s a lot of beautiful underwater cinematography courtesy of Agustin Jimenez, which is probably my favorite part of the movie. I also love the fact that since this was made in 1968, there is a beach party, a la Frankie and Annette. Other funny details are that the boat that Dr. Williams conducts his nefarious deeds from is called Reptilicus. As well as the fact that Gloria the Batwoman is adept at almost every sport and seems to fear nothing, yet she freaks out when she sees a mouse.
“…the campiness is at a 10, if not a 15.”
Director Rene Cardona was very successful in Mexican cinema, but this is one of his more obscure motion pictures. I am curious as to whether or not Guillermo Del Toro watched this movie growing up because Pisces looks like a rudimentary version of Abe Sapien as well as the creature from The Shape of Water. I would bet that he has.
The Batwoman is not winning any prizes for originality, but it is an incredibly enjoyable film. A jaunty horn-based score keeps the mood upbeat throughout, and the campiness is at a 10, if not a 15. So, if you like Austin Powers, Adam West’s Batman, or any of the Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello movies, you will love this. It’s less than 90 minutes and is a good pick me up on a dreary winter’s day. It also made me want to see more films from the late Rene Cardona. I’m assuming it will make you want to do the same.
"…a female twist on Bruce Wayne..."