Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft In ‘Batman,’ 1943

April 19, 2014 | 11:57 a.m.

Batman made his silver-screen debut in 1943, played by Lewis Wilson. Highly influenced by World War II fervor, the serial had its issues – the most offensive bits were deleted for the home video release in the 1980s – but it did introduce the Batcave and Alfred’s traditional appearance in the Batman universe. (Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)

Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin in a scene from the film ‘Batman’, 1943. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)

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