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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Overweight women are the target of a joke: They are too busy scarfing down vast quantities of food to notice the panic of those around them attempting to flee the restaurant.
Positive Role Models
Though there are "good guys" and "bad guys," the characters are too cartoonish to be positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional cartoonish violence and comedic pratfalls. Fight scenes in which physical contact between the brawlers often is covered by the TV series' famous on-screen exclamations ("POW!"). At one point, Robin and the viewer are briefly led to think that Batman has been blown up; he's quickly shown to have survived. While hanging from a helicopter above the ocean, Batman is attacked by a clearly fake shark biting his thigh.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Batman goes on a date with a woman; they kiss, and the woman slips into a slinky robe.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Penguin smokes a cigarette through a cigarette holder. Bar scenes. Batman makes reference to "alcoholic delusions."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman is the 1966 movie spin-off of the popular TV show from that time. This is the campy and silly Batman and not the noir superhero-with-a-dark-side portrayed in recent decades. This movie has goofy fight scenes with plenty of comedic pratfalls, and viewers are briefly led to believe Batman has been blown up; he's quickly shown to have survived. The Penguin always has a cigarette, held in a cigarette holder. Overweight women are the target of a joke: They're too busy scarfing down vast quantities of food to notice the panic of those around them attempting to flee the restaurant. Batman goes on a date with a woman; they kiss, and the woman slips into a slinky robe. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of the old TV show will welcome the opportunity to experience once again all the series' hallmarks. They're all here: the unforgettable Neal Hefti theme music, the spinning bat sign, the pop-art exclamations, and Robin's "Holy ... !" hyperbole. Viewers unfamiliar with the TV series will have to judge the movie on its own merits, which are few. Batman contains none of the mock tension and suspense that was such a major component of the original TV series. The sparse usage of the TV show's silly narration also undercuts the comedy. The talents of the zany villains from the TV series are wasted, as they're seen merely scheming instead of showing their bizarre quirks.
At some points, Batman becomes an out-and-out comedy (as when our hero combats a rubber shark), further ensuring that kids used to the tightly scripted and intelligently plotted animated series, animated movies such as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, and the grimly heroic live-action Batman Returns will have little use for this quaint, ironic fossil from another era.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.