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The Batwoman (1968)

La mujer murcielago (original title)

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Maura Monti ...
La Mujer Murciélago (Batwoman)
Roberto Cañedo ...
Dr. Eric Williams (as Roberto Canedo)
Héctor Godoy ...
Mario Robles (as Hector Godoy)
David Silva ...
No. 1 / José
Crox Alvarado ...
Inspector
Armando Silvestre ...
Tony Roca
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Dr. Eric Williams: It's done, Igor! It's done! This time we can't fail! Igor, this apparatus, being attached to a cloth, will emit soundwaves that Piscis will catch in the microscopic wire control that we grafted in the basis of his brain. Number One will be in charge of putting it on the cape of that woman. And then, it will be easy to locate her.
[Laughs manicly]
Dr. Eric Williams: I want Piscis to be precisely the one to bring her to me. And then... my revenge will be terrible! Terrible!
Igor: And the policeman?
Dr. Eric Williams: He'll face the same ...
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A masked wrestling beauty in the mood of the Batman from the 60's
2 October 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Batgirl is a rich woman that fights crime disguised with a mask in order to hide her secret identity. OK, you know that story, it's the same as Batman's. Indeed, her mask, cloak and car are very similar to the ones that Adam West wears and uses in the classic TV series. Though, this Batgirl is neither Barbara Gordon, commissioner Gordon's daughter, nor any other heroine created by DC Comics. This one is a Mexican pro wrestler! You can call her "Mujer Murciélago", "Bat Woman" in Spanish. Few people knows the true identity of this marvelous crime fighter who lives in Mexico City and works as a special agent for the police. As many luchadores are being mysteriously murdered in Acapulco, local police calls a special agent who contacts her as a partner to solve the case. Off course this is not a great film and does not have an innovative plot, but it is certainly not bad either. As a matter of fact, it is not very different from the stories of Batman's adventures from the 60's, as it is intended to get a ride in its success, although it is much less campy than Batman & Robin series or feature movie from that decade. In Mexican "La Mujer Murciélago", there is an archvillain who is a mad scientist with a dire laugh who lives in a yacht called Reptilicus - very cartoonish, isn't it? Guess what is the name of his assistant: Igor, the same used in many Frankenstein films! During the movie, the mad scientist, Dr. Williams, acquires a Two-Face appearance while fighting Batgirl, but not the coin- flipping craziness. While analyzing this movie, it is unavoidable to mention that Maura Monti, the Italian actress who portrays the heroine with big breasts and long eyelashes, is extremely beautiful. Unsurprisingly, there is some exploitation in the movie, showing her in bikini very often - yes, a masked Batgirl in bikini! -, but at least there are no nude or sex scenes, which are common in sexploitation B movies. The masked heroine, besides her wrestling skills, is also a super athlete and a diver. She also has gadgets and is very clever, like Adam West's Batman, being able to find solutions unrelated to her fighting and athletic abilities. Among the movie's flaws, I may mention that soundtrack is very bad and acting is not the most inspired. Piscis, the amphibious monster created by Dr. Williams, is quite ridiculous (though, not more than the monsters from Japanese "tokusatsu" and "super sentai" TV shows), basically a red version of the Sleestak from "Land of the Lost". The stuntwoman in the wrestling scenes has a very different body from Maura Monti, not convincing that she is the same person, in spite of the face being hidden by the mask. And the last but not least: come on, it is nonsense that a super heroine screams and faints in panic when she sees the monster (who she had already known!)! The final scene is also silly and sexist, but the film is overall amusing, much better than one may initially expect.


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