A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DC SuperHero Girls: Intergalactic Games is the second feature released by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, and it's based on short "webisodes" that appeared beginning in 2015. Associated dolls, toys, games, and so on are marketed along with the DVDs. No backstories appear here, so kids will have to already know who the characters are and what makes each special. And it's an action-packed ride. The SuperHero Girl regulars (Bat Girl, Wonder Woman, Starfire, Super Girl, and many colleagues) match wits and powers with an array of villainous characters and teams. Just after they overpower one set of baddies, another arrives to take them on. Combat reigns: Heroes battle against robots, old enemies, traitors in their high school, and the participants in the Intergalactic Games of the title. Expect lots of fighting, explosions, fires, weapon fire, and many physical threats to the courageous girls. Messages about working toward peace, teamwork, sacrifice for others, and friendly competition are clearly stated but take a back seat to all the cartoon mayhem. This is OK for kids who are comfortable with real vs. pretend violence.
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What's the story?
Everyone at SuperHero High School is looking forward to the annual Olympic-style games in DC SUPERHERO GIRLS: INTERGALACTIC GAMES. But what our heroes don't realize is that they'll not only have to try hard to hold off the perennial champions from Korugar Academy and a last-minute challenge from their rivals the Female Furies, led by the evil Granny Goodness, but they're also the victims of a culprit plotting against them in their own school. Everything is working against them -- except their own decency, concern for one another, and desire to do the right thing. With a few interruptions when Metropolis is in danger and they're needed to save the day, Bat Girl (voiced by Mae Whitman), Super Girl (Anais Fairweather), and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), along with a colorful list of supporting teen superheroes, take on an array of robots, Kryptomites (which are a major threat to Super Girl), the lethal Brainiac, and someone who may very well be in league with one of their most treacherous sworn enemies.
Is it any good?
A clever sibling rivalry story and the intriguing prospect of seeing the female superheroes in a reimagining of an Olympic game competition get lost in a story in which action fills the screen. The game events pass in the blink of an eye, while a food fight seems to go on forever. DC SuperHero Girls: The Intergalactic Games finds the girls waging mighty battles on several fronts, mostly against established villains with long histories in the DC world. Unfortunately, only a few of the ongoing characters (such as Big Barda and Starfire/Blackfire) are detailed so viewers understand their roles in the franchise. Others (such as Brainiac, Granny Goodness, Katana, and Bumblebee) are simply threats or heroes of the moment. Still, having girls at the center of a cartoon mayhem-fest has its charms. This is best for kids with a background in all things DC and OK as an "actioner" for kids who are comfortable with pretend violence.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that some girls like to watch movies with boy heroes and superheroes but some boys are reluctant to watch movies with female leads. To what do you attribute this difference? Do you think it's changing with movies like DC Superhero Girls: Intergalactic Games?
Why do you think so many cartoon franchises like this one use teen heroes and/or set their characters in high school (i.e., Monster High, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Scooby-Doo!)? Do you think these shows appeal to younger kids as well as teens? Why?
If you're new to the DC SuperHero Girls movies, could you follow the story, and did you figure out which superpowers the girls have? Do you think you would have enjoyed this movie more if you knew more about the characters and their relationships? Where could you go to find out more about them and their opponents?
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