Parents' Guide to

Batman: Soul of the Dragon

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Engaging animated superhero tale has strong violence.

Movie R 2021 83 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

A very interesting animated film about Batman that has an attractive story and some blood

The film is extremely interesting and the story also attracted me. Really a great return to the 70s of the last century. The film is more reminiscent of a martial arts action than a superhero film. There is basically no educational value, because murder is just a beating, some swearing and a very good story. And the children don't learn much from it. The film is primarily for entertainment. Great messages are on par with educational value. Almost nothing - murder, only that they help and trust the hero among themselves. A major motif of the film is all for one, one for all. The role models are smaller. Mainly the brawlers themselves. We will certainly not make villains into role models because it is not wise to follow them, but the main characters are quite good at murder, fun and friendly. The villains are (Jeffrey Burr, Lady Eve, Ax gang Leader, King Snake, Schlangenfaust and Rip Jagger. But we have also a lot of friendly characters (Batman, Cheshire-Jade, Bronze Tiger- Ben Parker, Lady Shiva, Richard Dragon and O-sensei. Silver St. Cloud is not determined whether she is friendly or evil. But there is really a lot of violence from martial arts to prosecutions behind cars and killing snake warriors, from a man who has snakes for his hands and when you cut off his hand it becomes one big snake, snakes sing Rip Jagger, to big demons, some blood in martial arts, a man commits suicide by stabbing himself in the stomach with a sword, during training, students hit a rock and hurt their hands, strangulation, snakes want to eat a prostitute - you can feel the tension, a man eats a live mouse, Ben burns a big snake and a villain with a torch and tear gas... Sex is not shown clearly, but we see how men he lies in bed with a prostitute who has an exposed cleavage, we hear cheeky giggles during masturbation, two girls in bikinis on a boat, a shirtless man lies in bed... There are swear words, but for the most part they're all the same - fuck, jerk, shit... There is no consumerism except for good cars and big villas on lonely islands... We don't see any famous brands except that Batman is a very famous character of the Dc universe and many products are sold after him. Drinking is mainly in night clubs, a man hits someone on the head with a bottle of wine, drinking sparkling wine... The film, or rather the animated film, was surprisingly good and interesting. I recommend it to children older than 12-13 years.
age 18+

How did this get four stars?!

Made it less than five minutes into this comic. All the women portrayed were scantily clad so far. Had to turn it off when the creepy villain captured a woman who said she had more customers, implying that she was a prostitute, and he began demanding that she dance for him. No thanks! No need for this c.r.a.p. In my house!

Is It Any Good?

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As DCU movies and stories vary in quality and level of interest to those not already immersed in the DCU, it's refreshing to see a contribution to the franchise that's far above the norm. Indeed, Batman: Soul of the Dragon is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable homage to the martial arts movies of the 1970s. It captures '70s grit and style without going overboard with it, and the obvious nods to the movies from that time are knowing and playful without coming across as heavy-handed or derivative. It also eschews the "kitchen sink" method of storytelling so often employed in these movies. It's easy to follow, even if you don't know every tiny bit of minutiae about every single character.

There's also a humor at work here that can be just as playful as it is cynical. There's a humorous awareness in O-Senesi's character, for instance, of reining in the dialogue before it gets too pretentiously "mystical." When, during a fight scene, the assailant asks Batman, "What do you have that your comrades do not?" as if the question is some kind of zen koan, Batman answers "A cape!" before smothering him, and it's a nice bit of levity without sacrificing the action of the scene and story. In a DCU franchise overloaded with so many ponderous stories about the gray areas between good and evil, Batman: Soul of the Dragon offers not only an alternative to such redundancy, but also a stylish evocation to the films and styles of the 1970s, without resorting to lazy kitsch or irony.

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