DC Superhero Girls: Legends of Atlantis

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Super-brave, super-capable girls win the day and sell toys.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 75 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain and sell toys rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Working together, caring for others, being courageous are important elements when fighting evil. Some overt, stated messages: "Messing up is all a part of learning." "It's never silly to feel what you feel, but being a superhero means you have to be courageous even when you're scared."

Positive Role Models & Representations

As the Superhero High Girls unite to defeat evil, they are courageous, resourceful, loyal, powerful, successful. Wonder Woman admits to being afraid, then attempts to conquer her fear. Villain is female. Ethnic diversity.

Violence & Scariness

Frequent cartoon action: tsunamis, battles, a sinking city, fiery spells, hand-to-hand combat. An army of sea creatures (reptilian "trench demons") threatens, attacks, overpowers the high school heroes. Superhero Girls in danger in multiple sequences, fighting their way out of underwater disasters. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Potty humor.

Consumerism

Film creates lots of new marketing opportunities in the already vast franchise -- new characters and toys. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DC Superhero Girls: Legends of Atlantis is the third movie in this DC Comics/Warner Brothers series. Much of the story takes place in the sea. While there are a few character-focused scenes (Wonder Woman admits to being fearful), it's mostly an action-oriented story with frequent battles against a devious villain and an army of reptilian sea demons who emerge from a trench in the ocean's depths. Viewers can expect monumental tsunamis, the city under torrents of water, and lots of physical fighting. Some potty humor. (Note: For fans of the TV series, this story is wholly new and appears to be a flashback of events that occurred between Season 4's episodes "Nevermore, Part 4" and "Fish Out of Water, Part 1.") OK for kids who are comfortable with real versus pretend violence.

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What's the story?

All of the Superhero Girls work together in an effort to stop a powerful supervillain from taking over both the sea and the land in DC SUPERHERO GIRLS: LEGENDS OF ATLANTIS. The ancient, magical Book of Legends has been stolen from Superhero High. It's now in the hands of the devious Siren and her sister Mera (both voiced by Erica Lindbeck). Siren, who hates "surface dwellers" as much as she seeks power, is determined to destroy the planet using the super magic of both The Book and a triton, which she has taken from the Kingdom of Atlantis. Batgirl (Mae Whitman), Supergirl (Anais Fairweather),  Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), Bumblebee (Teala Dunn), and their the highly motivated team of schoolmates seem to have met their match when villain Siren is able to unleash an army of reptilian creatures ("trench monsters") from the farthest reaches of the deep. 

Is it any good?

Repeatedly saving the planet never seems to get old for Superhero girls; they rush with enthusiasm into the ocean here, and fans who love a lot of action with their female power should be pleased. Raven (voiced by Tara Strong), in a primary role here as a new girl in Superhero High, is a nice addition; her quirky behavior and reticence should be very relatable for some kids. And Raven's building relationship with Harley Quinn (also Tara Strong) is fun. 

It's interesting to note that DC Comics and Warner Bros. have released two direct-to-DVD movies that center on Atlantis, the world of Aquaman. It wouldn't be cynical to imagine that the companies are building interest for Aquaman, a major motion picture to be released in December 2018. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how in DC Superhero Girls: Legends of Atlantis girls are the heroes. They are just as brave, enterprising, and powerful as their male counterparts. Is this a good thing? Why or why not? Do you think movies like this one will appeal to boys as well as girls?

  • What do you think is meant by the statement "Messing up is all a part of learning"? How can "messing up" or making mistakes turn into positive experiences? Think of some times in your life when you've found this concept to be true.

  • A significant market strategy exists between toy companies, film companies, and licensing entities: "See the movie, buy the toys. Buy the toys, then see the movie." Why is it important to be aware of these joint ventures? How does your family handle this issue?

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