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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters are forced to work together in order to overcome adversity and show courage in the process. Revenge is a major motivation for some and leads to characters using violence to seek justice.
Positive Role Models
Although Batman helps protect Gotham City, his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, is portrayed as a womanizing playboy. Wayne also appears to have some kind of romantic relationship with a college girl. Batman does show courage though and is willing to put himself in danger to help others. Batwoman is courageous, strong, and smart. But part of her motivation is revenge and she often takes her vigilantism too far, showing little regard for human life. Penguin and various other criminal characters are heavily involved in arms dealing and are quick to use violence to resolve issues.
There is some diversity within the main characters. There are a number of women characters who are portrayed as smart, brave, and strong, often proving to be much more adept than their male counterparts. But at the same time they are often patronized, condescended, or sexualized.
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Violence & Scariness
A number of fight scenes involve punches, flying kicks, throws, and the use of weapons, such as baseball bats, chains, throwing stars, knives, and "bat-seeking missiles." Guns are fired. Large explosions. Characters fall off bridges but land in water or are saved before they hit the ground. Cars are blown up. A weapons factory shows multiple guns being made. Reference to weapons of mass destruction. Characters are knocked unconscious, choked, and held under water, but there is no blood, gore, or death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A number of characters wear clingy and revealing clothes. A character emerges from the swimming pool wearing just a bikini. Waitresses in a club are dressed in corsets, tights, and high heels. Characters flirt and discuss the prospect of starting a relationship. Two characters kiss on the cheek and later almost kiss on the lips. It's implied a character has multiple partners. A couple embrace after being separated for a long period. Some vague innuendo.
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Some insults and hostile language such as "freak," "kicking butt," "shut up," and "geek." Also "jeez Louise."
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Products & Purchases
Some characters are shown to be extremely wealthy. They go on expensive shopping trips, eat at fancy places, and live in luxurious homes. A character gives away a convertible car without a second thought, commenting that they have plenty more. The movie is part of the DC Extended Universe franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters in the background at a club are seen drinking from wine glasses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman is a 2003 animated adventure, starring the popular superhero, with lots of cartoon violence. Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) is determined to find out the identity of a new vigilante, a masked woman who also dresses like a bat. "Batwoman" (Kyra Sedgwick) is shown to be a match for Batman, and the two strike up an uneasy alliance. But she also takes her "revenge" too far, showing little regard for human life. A number of other women characters also feature. All are given good backstories and are shown to be brave, intelligent, and excellent at their jobs. Yet they are also sexualized, with skimpy tight clothing and even bikinis, and are patronized by male characters including Batman. There is cartoon action throughout, with fight scenes involving punches, kicks, throws, choking, and weapons. Guns are fired, buildings are blown up, and a key component to the plot is Penguin (David Ogden Stiers) being an arms dealer. The movie touches on Bruce Wayne's reputation as a playboy with both his wealth and his womanizing ways depicted. Although no sexual acts take place, it's suggested Wayne has some kind of relationship with a college girl. Occasional language includes "freak," "geek," and "kicking butt." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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