I like to leave ambiguities up to the reader to decide. Your interpretation is as valid as mine! However, in my mind he’s just being coldly factual. He knows he can’t afford the tubes and figures he might as well say so, as the first step in solving this problem. No reason to lie or try to fool her. He simply doesn’t have the money. So now what?
When they make the movie, I want Christopher Plummer to play him.
Yeah, I studied that cartoon minutely, and continuity wasn’t the animators’ strong suit. To be fair, they didn’t expect anyone to be watching it frame-by-frame 75 years later.
It has been an excellent group of readers. Thanks especially for your contributions, Durak.
Not soon! The trick is it would have to be in the public domain, as the characters unique to the Fleischer cartoons are. I’m not aware of any Batman material that fits that description, and I don’t want to go up against DC’s lawyers!
It’s a nod to the old serials, planting the idea that you’re in a classic movie palace watching the story unfold. It’s also a nod to the 1978 Christopher Reeve “Superman” movie, which began the same way.
Always worth a watch!
Sorry, lost it!
The idea of the overalls was that his suit got torn up and they were all he could find to wear. It was humiliating to him.
Not planning on it, but thanks!