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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good defeats evil in any century.
Positive Role Models
Batman is courageous, smart, determined, and willing to risk all to do the right thing. Ancient Japanese warriors are depicted as brave and effective. Iconic villains are evil, power-hungry, and will stop at nothing to achieve their evil goals.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoon action sequences with all manner of weaponry and brutality: explosions, spears, swords, robotic villains, fire, hand-to-hand combat, knives, cannons, muskets, spikes. Characters are wounded and defeated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some females wear revealing clothing; a smattering of sexual innuendo.
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A few swear words: "hell," "damn," "ass-kicking," and insults: "dumb," "buzzard."
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Products & Purchases
An entry in the Batman franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sake is poured.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman Ninja is a highly original entry in this classic superhero franchise. Made in Japan in the "anime" style, the artwork, with its distinctive character design and attention to detail, sets this Batman apart from all the earlier adventures. The story, as well, is a departure from usual Dark Knight fare. Batman, along with his allies and enemies, time-travels to ancient Japan, where warring states and the feudal system provide the perfect environment for The Joker's most evil plans. The movie is action-packed; one lengthy battle after another finds weaponry from ancient times as well as modern ones. Cannon fire, swords, spears, and muskets are used alongside the usual DC Comic mayhem, which includes gunfire, poison clouds, explosions, fire, bats, and hand-to-hand combat. Characters are hit and pummeled and live to fight again. A few mild curse words and insults are heard: "hell," "damn," "ass-kicking," "buzzard," "dumb." Female characters have ample breasts and a bit of sexual innuendo goes by quickly. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Superb anime and an unprecedented time-travel adventure bring a new dimension to this iconic hero and his team as they battle classic Gotham enemies in feudal Japan. Even traditionalists should appreciate Junpei Mizusaki's creative vision in Batman Ninja, as well as the stunning character design by Takaki Okazaki (Afro Samurai). And while the setting is unique and Batman must battle a plethora of Gotham's villains in a far-off place, the story -- The Joker schemes to take over the world -- is a familiar one. Voice performances, most by Batman regulars, are first-rate, with Tony Hale giving an all-out cackle-and-shriek fest in his initial venture into DC land as The Clown Prince of Crime. With Gorilla Grodd's time-travel machine on the table, opportunities abound for Batman to join forces with anime and set venerable worlds of the past and centuries-old cultures on fire. Fun and cartoon-edgy.
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