As the world is talking much about Batman lately, who thinks about James Batman? In this film, Rodolfo Vera Quizon popularly known as Dolphy played James Bond and Bruce Wayne/Batman. Criticisms from known reviewers were made against this Filipino spoof flick, as they review the films which are Batman related: La Verdadera Historia de Barman y Droguin, Superbatman vs Mazinga V, La Mujer Murcielago, Bat Bitch, Splatman (which features a villain called the Pornguin), Buttman and Throbbin, Rat Pfink and Boo-Boo, The Wild World of Batwoman (aka She Was a Hippie Vampire), Bathman dal Pianeta Eros, the short Robin’s Big Date (with Sam Rockwell as Batman) and Scooby-Doo Meets Batman (which is the only entry in this list authorised by DC Comics).
James Batman was shown when I wasn’t born yet. Among the cast of this 1966 flick, I only know Dolphy and Bella Flores. I was hoping that this would be shown in Cinema Global, but probaby they won’t as Kabayan Central is selling this as one of its vintage Tagalog movies.
Despite the criticisms told about this film, nothing beats the fact that Dolphy is an institution in Philippine cinema. On his 80th birthday, he has launched his tell-all book.