A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Batman never kills (except in an exaggerated anecdote we see dramatized) and seems to act noble and suitably heroic -- even though one story segment questions Bruce Wayne's motivations and crime-fighting roots in personal vengeance. The animated cast is racially integrated (though mostly male), and one segment concerns Hindu culture and mysticism, in sketchy fashion.
Violence & Scariness
Blood gushes from Batman's wounds and in a gory hospital sequence. Decapitation and Bat-violence in a fantasy. Much fighting, gunshots, and explosions. One character shot through the head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few bikinis and low-cut dresses briefly seen.
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"Ass" uttered once.
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman: Gotham Knight is a cartoon anthology, not to be confused with the Batman movie The Dark Knight. It's also unlike the various Batman children's TV cartoons over the years. The approach goes for a more "grown-up" Batman viewership/reader demographic, mainly via bloody PG-13 type violence, and not much humor. No Robin or Batgirl, and Gotham City is depicted as overwhelmed with gangs and bizarre evildoers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The effect is not unlike The Animatrix -- uneven, disjointed, sometimes baffling, with some mesmerizing visuals, and not for all tastes. Batmaniacs have proven very accepting of bold, revisionist takes on their hero, and the cartoon Batman here was obviously meant to be taken seriously. The striking, protean animation is strongly influenced overall by Japanese anime, though it's a bit strange when Bruce Wayne looks like a tousle-haired Tokyo teen, ready for a round of Yu-Gi-OH! cards, more so than combating scoundrels like Scarecrow and Killer Croc (no Joker, no Riddler, no Penguin, not even a Robin or Batgirl to bring this one into more juvenile territory).
The flashback to India is the most emotionally satisfying episode, while the finale of Batman: Gotham Knight tries to tie various strands together. Naturally the shorthand-narrative format limits most of the material to action and terse dialog, only paying lip-service to, say, Batman's attitude toward guns (his parents were shot to death) instead of going into depth. The appeal is for those with a strong background in Batman-ology, rather than newcomers.
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