Batman Beyond

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
There's a new Bat in town; violent, but stylish.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Batman has always been a darker comic book hero, conflicted and moody. He works for justice, but sometimes uses questionable means to get there.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Batman fights for justice, but his means are questionable at times. 

Violence

Murders, fist fights, weapons, some blood, and removing of body parts. Pretty graphic for a kids' cartoon.

Sex
Language

No cursing, but some of the language is pretty coarse.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cartoon series features frequent, gruesome violence, including bloodshed and even body-part removal. Kids often look up to super heroes, but the ones depicted in this series are dark, angry, and violent. Younger kids are more likely to be scared than inspired.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYoavshitrit May 2, 2020

The best! But have a lot of violence

Well, this series came out 20 years ago but this have violence thate may scare little kids. Overall, this is the best series of batman!
Adult Written byB-127 August 17, 2019

Occult, macabre, death-oriented storylines - not for children

This series is not appropriate for younger kids at all. I removed this show from my household permanently, after an episode early in Season 2 had a woman disco... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGuyPerson69 May 29, 2020

Parents Need to Grow Up

Honestly, parents who can't appreciate mature themes in a mature kids show (STILL made for kids and appropriate) shouldn't be in charge of whats restr... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 13, 2020

GrEaT

THIS SHOW HAS THE BEAST INTRO IVE EVER SEEN. IT ALSO HAS GREAT STORYLINE. but violince. (if this says im 9 i dont know why it does but im 12)

What's the story?

BATMAN BEYOND explores the escapades of a maturing Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and his young protégé Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle), setting its futuristic animated action in 21st-century Gotham City. After rescuing Terry from a pack of Jokerz, Bruce becomes weakened by a recurring heart condition, leaving Terry to bring him back safely to Wayne Manor. When Terry discovers the Bat Cave and borrows the Batsuit to retaliate against his father's murderer, Bruce decides to train the high school student to be his successor. As crime rises in Gotham, more often than not Terry wears the suit while Bruce gives the orders.

Is it any good?

Parents beware: This series is chock full of ultimatums and bloodshed that's fairly graphic by cartoon standards. Battles are conducted with fists, cutthroat language, and revolutionary weapons -- death is a main ingredient in every episode. And Bruce Wayne often takes vengeance on his rivals as if he were a villain himself, a conflict that has always been part of Batman's dark, complicated personality.

When watching Batman Beyond, expect sinister storylines and hostile characters. Although the show's violence is glamorized, Terry shows utmost respect for his mentor, as well as other legendary heroes, such as Superman. It's stylishly and elegantly animated and has won lots of critical praise, but it's probably not the best fit for pre-tween viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be a hero. Do you need to have super powers to be a hero? Batman doesn't have traditional super powers -- how does he qualify as a superhero? Are Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis good role models? What makes them heroes? Who are your heroes and why?

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