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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teamwork and perseverance are shown as positive attributes, although some of the superheroes are reluctant to engage in these actions at some points.
Positive Role Models
This a more "noir" take on well-known superheroes; these superheroes are shown to have flaws, harbor resentments against each other, call each other names.
Violence & Scariness
Unrelenting comic book-style violence. Frequent fight scenes, battle scenes, sword fights. Some bullying, taunting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reference to cross-dressing.
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"S--t," "son of a bitch," "ass," "hell." Green Lantern calls Batman a "phenomenal douche bag." A man in a group of protestors tells Wonder Woman that she "dress[es] like a whore."
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Products & Purchases
Characters are also sold as action-figure toys; movie is presented by the same company that created the comic books in which these characters got their start.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Justice League: War is a 2014 straight-to-DVD installment in which Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and other well-known superheroes band together to stop an alien invasion of Earth. While the more "noir" takes of these superheroes has been going on for some time now -- Batman and company are far from perfect, have obvious flaws, have difficulty finding acceptance from the human race, etc. -- parents more accustomed to the '70s and '80s evocations of these characters will be more than a little shocked to see the Green Lantern call Batman a "phenomenal douche bag." There is other profanity throughout (including "s--t" and "bitch"), but it's the violence that's the most prevalent. The movie feels like one long fight scene as superheroes and villains fight each other, throw each other into walls and buildings, and battle with swords. There is some bullying and taunting, and in one scene a man informs Wonder Woman that she "dress[es] like a whore." Also, when Wonder Woman puts the "lasso of truth" around this man, he reveals he cross-dresses in a Wonder Woman costume because it "makes [him] feel powerful." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR is enjoyable, even if at times it just feels like one big battle scene rather than an origin story of sorts. There's nothing quite like a scene in which Green Lantern calls Batman a "phenomenal douche bag" to let anyone more accustomed to the "Superfriends" Saturday morning cartoons of their '70s and '80s childhoods know that we're a long way from those days. Superheroes are now conveyed as deeply flawed, short-tempered, and misunderstood by humanity at large. The story is best enjoyed by those who are already familiar with such things as "Mother Boxes," "Parademons," and "Boom Tubes." The origins of Cyborg and Shazam are interesting, but it's all part of the frenzy that, at times, feels overwhelming, like trying to convey too much information and story in a limited amount of time.
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