Parents' Guide to

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violence, smoking, language in noir DC action-mystery.

Movie PG-13 2021 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+
It’s so far so good! Pretty accurate and faithful to the comic so far which I’m happy with! Really enjoyed the new animation style so far! Overall really enjoyable! Kinda violent and bloody with a little bit of language.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
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Is It Any Good?

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This is an exciting, if typical, DC action-mystery, setting the stage for more excitement to come. Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is a movie that, like many of the other DC offerings, explores the blurred lines between good and evil, and the problematic nature of vigilante justice. Based on a graphic novel, the story more or less holds together, even as the story threads and side stories come dangerously close to overwhelming the central mystery. Like many of these movies, it's best if you're already familiar with Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, but also the secondary heroes and villains, as it seems we may be on the verge of, maybe, yet another origin story.

It's a relatively straight-ahead narrative, at least compared to recent offerings that, while good, are more like speculative fan fiction, like Superman coming of age in the Soviet Union instead of Smallville, or the Justice League fighting Nazis. No, this is Gotham City in a mob-fueled crime wave, with some classic villains joining the fray. It's engaging enough, and creates enough cliffhanging suspense to want to see what happens in the sequel, even for those who aren't fully versed in the DC Universe.

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