Batman Fights Dracula (lost Filipino film; 1967)


Batman Fights Dracula
Theatrical poster.
Theatrical poster.
Status Lost

Batman Fights Dracula was a 1967 Filipino comedic parody film directed by Leody M. Diaz and written by Bert R. Mendoza, starring Jing Abalos and Dante Rivero as the titular characters respectively. As the name suggests, the movie centers around a battle between cult figures Batman and Dracula; it is considered by many to be one of the most sought-after lost Asian films of all time.

Unfortunately, very little information on the film has surfaced other than standard production details such as cast and crew, although at least one person has undertaken a personal search effort for the film, which, sadly, went unfulfilled.[1] That is, until a great amount of new information surfaced on the Filipino blog Pelikula ATBP. [2]

Plot

The story concerned the mad scientist named Dr. Zorba who, after repeatedly being defeated by Batman, finds a way to resurrect the wicked Count Dracula, control him, and even make him stronger, rendering him invincible towards traditional ways of killing him, such as Christian crosses.

After tracking down Zorba at his underground fortress, Ruben (a character based on the existing sidekick Robin) and the beautiful Marita manage to kill the evil doctor by somehow turning the vampire against him.

Availability

Although the blog post clarifies the plot and provides a great number of photos, actual footage of the film has yet to show up.

Notably, this film marks the second of three films that center around a showdown between Batman and Dracula, the first being Andy Warhol's Batman Dracula and the third being the 2005 animated film, The Batman vs. Dracula.

References

  1. Archive of NonProductive article on Frank Hablawi's search for the film, via The Wayback Machine; 17 Dec 2012. Last retrieved 24 Dec 2014.
  2. Blog post containing photographs and the plotline from the film. Retrieved 20 May '16

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Comments


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Uncle Sporkums

13 months ago
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While the rest of you were only talking about 90's cartoons, I've found this.

http://pelik...ula-lea.html
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Kablamoid

13 months ago
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Excellent work. Congratz on the find. I wouldnt have been able to do that.
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CryClown

11 months ago
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Sheesh, batman and Dracula have a bone to pick.
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IAmJefferson 2001

9 months ago
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The Pinoy archive squad should search this in the entire country.
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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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Since I saw this thread and post of course I'd like to help because im a fellow filipino like you and of course all the lost filipino dubs in cartoons and anime
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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I'm a filipino living in Manila, as of this comment I'm trying to find any clues about this movie, i've already emailed the National Film Archives of the Philippines, if it needs to be drastic, i'd call them by phone or even visit them by person. If I ever made any progress, i would try to make an account and report anything.
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Reynard

1 months ago
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Thank you very much for your efforts. It is very appreciated.
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Sansplayer206

24 days ago
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Oh I thought it was the different Batman Dracula. Well shucks...
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