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Parents' Guide to

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Animated superhero caper has cartoon violence.

Movie PG 2003 75 minutes
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This 2003 animated adventure pits the Dark Knight against a new foe -- at least initially -- in the form of Batwoman. This premise for Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman is a promising one. Batwoman (Kyra Sedgwick) is portrayed as strong, capable, and more than an equal match for the Caped Crusader. Indeed there are a number of strong women characters, who often outshine their male counterparts. Yet for all that is good with the film in that regard, it undoes by patronizing and sexualizing these same characters.

Bruce Wayne too comes across as creepy. Of course, he has a certain playboy persona to live up to. But including a scene where he wriggles out of a phone call with the college-attending Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Tara Strong) -- Commissioner Gordon's daughter, no less -- after she asks him about his involvement with other women, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. All of which is a shame, as take away these shortcomings, and there's a decent story that touches on revenge, arms dealing, family betrayal, and taking the law into your own hands. Which would have been plenty, even without the leering and sneering.

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