DCU: Son of Batman

  • Review Date: June 9, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Violent and noir-ish Batman is engaging but cynical.
  • Review Date: June 9, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is from the more noir-ish, cynical side of the Batman spectrum, and, as such, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.

Positive role models

Although they're still "superheroes" who fight crime, Batman, Robin, and the rest are depicted not as perfect crime-fighters but as deeply flawed and cynical characters.

Violence

Frequent comic book-style violence. Characters do battle with swords, arrows, and machine guns, in addition to fists and feet. A character is killed from an arrow shot through his throat. A man is shot and killed with a machine gun at point-blank range. A man burns to death. The main protagonist is stabbed in the eye with a sword during a fight. While engaged in battle, a tween boy is pinned against a wall by two swords stabbed through his arms.

Sex

Some suggestive comments here and there. The former lover of Batman tells him, "I'm the only one who can bite you." Commissioner Gordon shows Batman a clue in the form of a written-down phone number and says that it's a phone-sex number. The main antagonist refers to Batman as a "sperm donor." One of the main antagonists is shown bringing two prostitutes into his apartment.

Language

"Bastard," "hell," "screw you."

Consumerism

Although there is no overt product placement, there's a line of toys and comic books for sale as part of the Batman enterprise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters are shown drinking booze but don't act intoxicated.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that DCU: Son of Batman is a 2014 animated feature in which Bruce Wayne learns he has a hot-tempered son. Although this is an engaging story with high-quality animation, this film is most definitely not the campy Batman and Robin from the 1960s television show but a more noirish and cynical Batman and Gotham City. There is frequent fantasy-style violence: Characters are shown getting stabbed in the eyes and throats by swords and arrows, and in one instance Batman's son is shown stabbed in both his arms and pinned against a wall. There also are some sexual suggestions on occasion: The mother of Batman's child tells him, "I'm the only one who can bite you," Commissioner Gordon references a phone-sex number, and one of the main bad guys is shown bringing two prostitutes back to his apartment.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After an uprising within the League of Shadows that results in the destruction of their secret training camps in the mountains, Thalia and her tween son Damian (Stuart Allan) flee to Gotham City to seek the protection of Batman, who does not know he is Damian's father. After the villain Deathstroke (Thomas Gibson) kidnaps Thalia, Batman/Bruce Wayne (Jason O'Mara) must try to take care of the hot-tempered Damian, who is determined to hunt down and kill the bad guys without thinking twice about the consequences of his actions. When Deathstroke also kidnaps a professor who has developed serums that can turn ninjas into fierce and unstoppable winged death beasts, it's up to Batman to rescue Thalia and the professor, stop Deathstroke, and find a way to teach Damian to control the warlike tendencies that have been inside him since birth.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

DCU: SON OF BATMAN is an engaging story in which Batman learns he has a son -- and a hot-tempered but brilliant son at that. The dialogue is dark, cynical, and firmly rooted in noir, and the animation is as strong as the best work in the comic books. This movie takes what could have been a cheap gimmick (Batman having a son) and further heightens the flaws and mystery of what has become in recent decades one of the most intriguing superheroes out there. Although the violence at times feels a bit much and perhaps unnecessary to the overall story, the propulsive action and conflicts raging inside and outside the characters are enough to keep audiences interested.

The overall cynical tone, as well as the violence and occasional sexual suggestion, makes this film best for older kids and teens, especially for fans of Batman and comic books in general. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the evolution of Batman. How has the character of Batman -- as well as Robin and the other characters -- changed over the decades?

  • Did the violence in the movie seem necessary to tell the story, or did it feel gratuitous?

  • Batman has been represented in TV, movies, and comic books. How has Batman been conveyed in these mediums? Which version of Batman do you like best?

Movie details

DVD release date:May 6, 2014
Cast:Jason O'Mara, Stuart Allan, Thomas Gibson
Director:Ethan Spaulding
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:74 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:Stylized violence including bloody images, and some suggestive material.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byBatman100 March 5, 2015
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15
QUALITY
 

Ok

It was ok but extreme unnecessary blood ruined the movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written byTrista June 28, 2014
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12
QUALITY
 

Extremely bloody for a cartoon

The opening scene has more blood in it than in an entire Live-action superhero film. Amongst the mayhem a boy shoots (kills?) several people with a gun and stabs someone in the eye. A grandfather is also shown succumbing to fatal burns. Later Batman rips a chained criminal's tail off showing the bloody appendage. The Nightwing scenes are pretty cool though. And, of course, the spoiled brat child has an abrupt change of attitude at the end of the movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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