In 1991, the world was gifted with the release of Alyas Batman en Robin, a Batman parody from the Philippines. The film has gotten very little attention and love in America, but I've fallen in love with it. In the past thirty years, we've gotten far more superhero films than there's ever previously been. While lots of people adore the serious, sophisticated and dark films we've been getting, I desperately crave the eccentric appeal of the campy superheroes. I know that Alyas Batman en Robin isn't a serious film with a deep story, but there's nothing wrong with that. Films are classified as a type of entertainment. It's essential that films are enjoyable to watch. In that regard, Alyas Batman en Robin is nothing short of joyful.
Here are thirty reasons why Alyas Batman en Robin is amazing:
1. The opening theme
While the opening credits play, a very catchy version of the 1960's theme plays. It's a very upbeat and fun way to start off the film.
2. A sympathetic Joker
Jocson, the character who becomes the Joker, might be the most sympathetic version of the Joker there's ever been. He's a guy who's teased and humiliated by his fellow classmates. Also, his uncle constantly degrades him. This makes the Joker more likeable than he's ever previously been.
3. The Joker being Penguin's nephew
It's such an unusual change, but I love it.
4. The Joker having a mustache
Whether it's intentional or not, Jocson (Joker) having a mustache is a great callback to Cesar Romero's Joker.
5. The Penguin's cigarette holder
The cigarette holder that Penguin had in the 60's show was already oversized. This one is even bigger, which makes it look even more absurd and funny.
6. Batman's costume
The modern Batman films lack the classic blue costume, but this film includes it. Despite the film having a low budget, the costume looks wonderful.
7. Batman's personality
Since this film is a parody, Batman acts a lot different. Instead of being hardworking and dedicated, he acts cowardly, lazy and eccentric. Watching him is a hilarious experience.
8. The way Batman says "Noli-Boy"
Batman's love interest has a butler-type assistant named Noli-Boy. When Noli-Boy opens the door, he is surprised to see Batman. Because of this, he says Batman's name in a very dumbfounded voice. Batman responds by saying "Noli-Boy" in the funniest sounding voice ever.
9. Kevin and Vina's romantic musical number
Generally, I'm not a fan of romance films, because of how boring and predictable they are. While Alyas Batman en Robin isn't a very romantic film, Kevin (Robin) and Vina sing a love song. Even though the film is a parody, this scene is taken seriously. It's a very sweet, touching and pleasant scene.
10. The "Bat Cave"
The film's version of the Batcave is a garage. It's as funny as that sounds.
11. Bat Drinks
Batman may use a garage for a hideout, but that doesn't mean he doesn't any refreshments. He has Bat Tea and Bat Coffee.
12. Joker's costume
Simply put, it's a beautiful rendition of Joker's classic costume.
13. The acting
The actors and actresses are a blast to watch. Their performances are a joy to watch.
14. The tone
From goofiness to sweetness, this film has it all.
15. The humor
It's one of the funniest films ever made.
16. Joker's laugh
A truly delightful sound.
17. Batman's klutzy antics
If Rowan Atkinson ever played Batman, it would probably turn out like this.
18. Penguin's tiny umbrella
Penguin's oversized cigarette holder is made even funnier by the fact that his umbrella is smaller than the average umbrella.
19. Catwoman's red and blue costume
An interesting change for Catwoman.
20. Catwoman's gold-looking costume
If cats can have nine lives, Catwoman deserves multiple outfits.
Yes, there's a character named Glasses. Also, yes, he wears glasses.
22. A redemption arc for Joker and Penguin
It's sweet to see some humanity from the Dynamic Duo's arch enemies.
23. Batman finding happiness
Isn't it about time that Batman got a happy ending?
24. Both of Joker and Penguin's musical numbers
They may not have hearts of gold, but they sure do have voices of gold.
25. The action
The action scenes have the same type of campy charm that the fights from the 60's show had.
26. Batman wearing a trucker's hat, while singing like a trucker
It's an unforgettable type of comedy gold.
27. Batman and Joker sharing a song
The greatest of rivals become the greatest of singers.
28. An optimistic Joker
Did you ever expect Joker to sing about believing in love? Well, he actually did it.
29. Wonder Woman and Superman showing up
Decades before Batman V Superman, we had DC's three most iconic heroes in the same scene.
30. Even Spider-Man shows up
Spider-Man being in a Batman makes no sense, but that's part of the charm.