A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teamwork and cooperation.
Positive Role Models
Race and gender diversity in the lead characters.
Violence & Scariness
Fighting with fists, feet, swords, throwing stars, axes. Characters killed by hanging, choking, stabbing. Guns, rifles, hand grenades. Woman attacked by cobras; implied death. Lead characters punch stones until their fists bleed. Character stabbed in the throat and killed, drawing blood on the hands of the person who killed them. Kids shown tied up and held prisoner for a sacrifice. Car chases, crashes. Some demonic imagery, including scenes in which demons kill or attack the main characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A villain is heard and then shown in bed with a scantily-clad prostitute. After making an escape, Richard Dragon lands on a yacht in front of two women in bikinis.
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Profanity often used, including "bulls--t," "s--tless," "crap," "damn," "ass," "screw you."
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Products & Purchases
Characters from the DC Comics universe.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Martini drinking, wine drinking, cocktail drinking in some scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman: Soul of the Dragon is a 2021 animated movie in which Batman reunites with those he trained with in martial arts to stop a demonic portal from being opened. Expect lots of violence in this stylish homage to the martial arts films of the 1970s. Besides punches and kicks, characters fight with guns, rifles, grenades, axes, knives, stars, and especially swords. Characters are stabbed in the throat and chest with bare hands, killed with blood drawn. In one scene, the main characters are shown in a flashback scene training under their sensei as they repeatedly punch a rock until their fists bleed. Some demonic imagery, including a scene in which demons attack and kill one of the characters. A villain is first heard, and then shown, in bed with a prostitute, before he sends her into a room filled with cobras where she's presumed killed. Kids are shown tied up and held prisoner for a sacrifice. Some profanity throughout, including "bulls--t." Drinking in some scenes -- martinis, wine, cocktails. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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