Parents' Guide to

Batman: Death in the Family

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence in interactive noir story and other animated shorts

Movie R 2020 96 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Great movie, saw when I was 10

Yes, there is violence in it, yet it is a very good movie. All kids 11 and up have seen violence and kissing (yes there is a couple kissing on a rooftop for a .5 second). There is revenge also, yet if you have a somewhat normal kid, they should know what revenge is and most of the time it is not good. There is not a highly defined ¨good role model¨ for the ¨kiddos¨ but there is Batman. Also some cursing.
age 14+

Very violent for kids.

Black mask gets cut in half.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
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Aside from the interactive features, Batman: Death in the Family is standard noir fare for our modern-day Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder. The themes are familiar and should be easily recognized by anyone who hangs out in the DC Universe: the nature of good and evil, the blurred lines between the two, vengeance, redemption, how vigilante justice is no justice at all, fate versus free will, and so on. These are the recurring themes, and the interactive aspects to this movie simply amplify them, but don't really bring anything new to the table. It's enjoyable enough, but feels padded.

Speaking of padded, this also includes four short animated features from other characters in the DC Universe: Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, The Phantom Stranger, and Death. These explore similar themes as the title story, only with more zombies, aliens, Manson-esque death cults, and tortured artist angst. These are not interactive, and vary in quality in terms of storytelling originality. But if anything connects them all, it's the blurred lines between good and evil that coexist within each of these heroes and antiheroes. After decades of a Batman franchise rebooted to convey just that, to say nothing of all the line-blurring we've witnessed in The Sopranos, The Wire, and Breaking Bad, etc., one can't be faulted for shouting, "OK, I get it!" after yet another exploration of this theme on the streets of Gotham. Still, fans will find lots to take in and talk about.

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