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Alyas Batman en Robin
Directed byTony Y. Reyes
Written by
Based onBatman
by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
CinematographyOscar Querijero
Edited byEduardo Jarlego
Music byMon del Rosario
Distributed byRegal Films
Release date
  • April 6, 1991 (1991-04-06)
Running time
102 minutes[2]

Alyas Batman en Robin (lit.'Alias Batman and Robin') is a 1991 Filipino musical-comedy film which spoofs the titular superheroes from DC Comics, Batman and Robin. It stars Joey de Leon as Batman, Rene Requiestas as the Joker, Dawn Zulueta as Angelique Legarda, Vina Morales as Vina, de Leon's son Keempee as Robin, and Panchito as the Penguin. Several songs in the film use melodies taken from other pop songs such as "At the Hop" and "Surfin' Safari".[3]

Originally produced by Viva Films, the film was delayed from its original release in early 1989 when Warner Bros. threatened to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement. The film was eventually released on April 6, 1991, albeit by Viva Film's rival studio, Regal Films.


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The film was initially an unauthorized production from Viva Films, set to be released in early 1989[1][4] to capitalize on the then in-production 1989 Batman film starring Michael Keaton. Shooting lasted into June 1989, with Joey de Leon and Rene Requiestas alleging that Dawn Zulueta was causing delays in the final weeks of shooting due to prioritizing her other commitments.[5] However, Warner Bros. threatened legal action and the release of the film was thus delayed until legal entanglements could be sorted out. The film was eventually released by Regal Films in 1991, two years later than the intended 1989 release.

A sequel was planned, launching Thursday group member and popular matinee teen idol and heartthrob Hector Chua. However, those plans did not materialize.


The "R" on the Robin costume was intentionally stylized to resemble the logo of Regal Films, a rival to the film's original production company Viva Films.

Panchito's Tiyo Paenguin literally means "Uncle Paenguin", which is a portmanteau of the words "Tiyo Paeng" and "Penguin".

Joey de Leon imitates the mannerisms of Fernando Poe Jr. in some scenes of the film. Poe had earlier produced a similar spoof film of Batman in 1965.

See also


  1. ^ a b Libo-on, Eddie O. (January 10, 1989). "The show is over". Manila Standard. Manila Standard News, Inc. p. 14. Retrieved May 25, 2021. After [Tatlong Mukha ng Pag-ibig] is the father-and-son tandem of Joey and Keempee de Leon in Batman at Robin.
  2. ^ Yeatter, Bryan (2007). Cinema of the Philippines: A History and Filmography, 1897-2005. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-7864-3047-5. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "Alyas Batman En Robin | Things to do in Houston". Time Out. February 2017. Archived from the original on 2021-06-24. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  4. ^ Libo-on, Eddie O. (March 4, 1989). "Fast-paced action film". Manila Standard. Manila Standard News, Inc. p. 14. Retrieved June 22, 2021. Chinkee [Tan] is slated to appear in Viva's 'Batman and Robin'...
  5. ^ Ramos, Anna Karenina (June 14, 1989). "TV star moves into motion picture". Manila Standard. Kagitingan Publications, Inc. p. 26. Retrieved June 22, 2021.