I have a friend who is heavily into superheroes, but has never seen the original Batman serial, or the follow-up, Batman and Robin. So I decided to correct this problem by giving him the first Batman serial for Christmas. I was talking to him about this the other day and he said he was enjoying it mightily, as a comedy! He proceded to pick the series apart with abandon; how Batman could'nt throw a decent punch without getting his right arm tangled up in his cape, how badly Batman is beat up by the various thugs, and how incredibly racist the tone of the whole film is. I tried to explain to him that this is a 1943 Batman, not a 2008 Batman; the movie is for kids and audiences were nowhere near as savvy as to how the films were made. Plus, I told him, it was made right after Pearl Harbor and the Japanese were our mortal enemies at the time, so the racism was deemed as perfectly alright. Society was not concerned with being "politically correct" at the time. I also tried to enlighten him about the differences between a Columbia serial and a Republic serial. But it all fell on deaf ears. This young turk will continue to enjoy the rest of the serial as a comedy. Perhaps I'll try Captain Marvel on him next!