Parents' Guide to

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Promising but overlong superhero mash-up is dark, violent.

Movie PG-13 2016 151 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 74 parent reviews

age 14+


the movie was definitly a must see but it also has dark parts that are not for young kids (under 14).

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+

It has some positive messes and teamwork.


This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (74):
Kids say (176):

With charismatic performances and epic battle scenes, this unrelentingly serious start to a new DC Universe franchise is intriguing but also humorless and overdone. Affleck is an ideal Bruce Wayne; he's effortless playing the broody playboy billionaire who isn't sure Superman is so super. He and Jeremy Irons (as Alfred) have a good rapport, but there's so much going on that there's little time to focus on individual character arcs. Eisenberg plays the young Lex Luthor as megalomaniacal with a side of severe daddy issues; he's willing to do whatever it takes to bring Superman down. Since there's so much riding on seeing this film unspoiled, it's difficult to explain exactly where the story becomes overwrought, but suffice it to say that comic book fans familiar with Frank Miller's Dark Knight, League of Justice origins, and the Superman Doomsday comics will understand much more than the casual superhero film fan.

On the bright side, the heroes' big fight scene is full of the kind of action you'd expect, with Batman going the extra mile to train Crossfit-style before he faces the Last Son of Krypton. And if you've seen the posters and trailers, it's no surprise to say that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) makes a grand appearance, wielding her golden lasso and coming to the guys' rescue to help them face a huge, seemingly invincible threat to all of humanity. Some skeptics weren't sure about the model-turned-actor's ability to capture everything that makes Wonder Woman fabulous, but the former Israeli combat instructor has what it takes. Despite Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice's flaws, it will excite audiences for the promise of future Justice League films that will hopefully be as full of and fun as their rival Marvel blockbusters.

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