Approved | | Action, Crime
Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies.
Initially, J. Carrol Naish was cast as The Joker; this is evident in some of the early posters for the serial, which show Batman punching his arch-nemesis (later changed to Dr. Daka). If you look at Naish's costume and makeup as well as his hideout being in a carnival, it is as all of The Joker elements were retained and only his name and nationality were changed. It's assumed the change was made because at the time this was written, in late 1942 early 1943, the Allies were in danger of losing World War II after many early setbacks and patriotism was strongly encouraged of all of Hollywood's films at the time.
High atop one of the hills which ring the teaming metropolis of Gotham City, a large house rears its bulk against the dark sky. Outwardly there's nothing to distinguish this house from many others, but deep in the cavernous basements of this house ...
At the end of chapter 7, Batman is thrown down a laundry chute. When Batman hits the ground, a cloth dummy is obviously used.
Shortened versions of the individual chapters were released for the 8mm home movie market in the late 1960s.