Lego DC SuperHero Girls: Super-Villain High

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
Lego DC SuperHero Girls: Super-Villain High Movie Poster Image
Loads of cartoon action, girls' heroics, and toy marketing.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 78 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Promotes teamwork, determination, and resourcefulness. "Competition is good, but not as good as learning to work together." And, "When friends fight, other people get hurt."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Central teen female superheroes are loyal, smart, courageous, and forgiving. Teen opponents are taken in by a villain but learn important lessons about trust and doing the right thing. 

Violence & Scariness

Frequent cartoon action: swordplay, laser fire, explosions, falling rocks, hand-to-hand combat, entrapment, creature attacks, vehicle crashes, knockouts. Lengthy all-out sports competitions, including a rough "sparring" match. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

A joke about the word "bowels."

Consumerism

Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Lego cross-marketing. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego DC SuperHero Girls: Super-Villain High is the second animated Lego movie in this teen hero franchise for kids. Once again, cross-marketing offers ample opportunity to stream/sell movies, toys, and branded merchandise. This entry pits the classic superhero girls (Supergirl, Batgirl, the young Wonder Woman) against a formidable team of teen DC characters (e.g., Cheetah, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) who've been manipulated by Lena Luthor, younger sister of DC nemesis Lex Luthor. Lego character battles and skirmishes are frequent, but, as is always the case, there are no serious injuries or deaths. Expect laser fire, captures, plummeting, vehicle crashes, swordplay, hand-to-hand combat, and all manner of cartoon danger. Messages about teamwork, competition, and trust are integrated into the action-packed story. Though designed for young audiences, the movie is OK only for kids who clearly understand the difference between real and imaginary violence. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written byjakebathman November 2, 2018
Kid, 9 years old May 17, 2018

Babies can read this you dumbo

Please stop this you are to dumb to write oh my goodness I think the dc dc dc dc dc dc dc super girl would be good
Teen, 13 years old Written byDamusiccrew May 16, 2018

YEET

This is actually terrible. Not even joking rn

What's the story?

Lena Luthor (voiced by Romi Dames) is in top villain form as she tries to rule the planet once again in LEGO DC SUPERHERO GIRLS: SUPER-VILLAIN HIGH. This time Lena needs help. To that end, she sabotages certain friendships at SuperHero High School and entices some of its more powerful students to enroll in "Uber High," a school she conveniently built just for that task. Her initial recruiting efforts are successful. Cheetah (Ashley Eckstein), Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn (both voiced by Tara Strong), Frost (Danica McKellar), and Catwoman (Cristina Purcell) are duped into joining Lena, whose identity has been disguised. Lena sends her new recruits out on a series of thefts, which they perceive as school assignments. Back at SuperHero High, however, Batgirl (Ashlyn Madden), Supergirl (Anais Fairweather), and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin) discover Lena's nefarious plan and set out to foil it. As they use their superpowers to defeat Lena, they must face off against the special skills of their old friends who've been turned against them. 

Is it any good?

If derring-do and physical conflict are popular with girls as well as boys in today's marketplace, Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Lego have created a franchise that continues to build an audience. How enviable that is remains a question that parents and professionals consider. Does the violence go down easier for an 8-year-old when the participants are tiny plastic toys? Lego DC SuperHero Girls: Super-Villain High is filled with scenes of can-do girls battling and outwitting the power-hungry Lena Luthor and her temporary accomplices. The story is easy to follow, has suspense and a few mild twists and turns, and does offer some opportunities for messages about friendship, trust, competition, and teamwork. And there's some fun as well, as the girls -- in control at all times -- prove to be as unstoppable as they are smart and kind. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cartoon peril in movies intended for kids. What's the impact of such violence on kids? How does your family determine whether the kids in your family are ready for movies like Lego DC SuperHero Girls: Super-Villain High?

  • 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?

  • What do you think is meant by the statement "When friends fight, other people get hurt"? Have you ever seen this happen?

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