Andy Warhol was one of the world's most successful artists, being a key figure in the "Pop Art" movement. However, he is not only famous for being a pioneer in the field, but he is also an avantgarde filmmaker and being the guy to help popularize the experimental rock group the Velvet Underground. One of the many films that Andy Warhol made included Sleep, which consists of approximately 8 hours of a man sleeping!
However, Sleep is not the film I'm going to talk about here in this article. Today, I'm going to talk about an unauthorized Batman film that Mr. Warhol made himself, one that's soon to gain a bit of a cult following, mainly amongst fans of Andy Warhol or fans of Batman.
The film was released in July 1964, and was known under the title Batman Dracula. This, however, is not to be confused with another unauthorized Batman film, 1967's Batman Fights Dracula, which was one of the many unauthorized Batman films from the Philippines.
Batman Dracula was considered to be the first film in history to feature a really campy, toyetic version of Batman, compared to that of Joel Schumacher's 1996 film Batman & Robin, which was met with extremely negative reviews (however, it's my most favorite Batman film, so don't judge me!). The movie was only screened at Mr. Warhol's art exhibits, and legendary underground actor and filmmaker Jack Smith took the role of both Batman and Dracula.
Batman Dracula was rumored to have been a lost film, but a ton of clips were shown in the 2006 documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis.
If you want to see how weird and truly avantgarde this is, by all means, watch the clips below.