Batman Beyond

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 16 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysammieQ June 29, 2009
way too gruesome for young children
Adult Written bypepe April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byReviewBoy November 10, 2009

12+ should be able to watch

Well, the worst part of it is Terry (the "new" Batman) often makes journeys to the nightclub with his girlfriend. There can be seen flashing lights, t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byShadowofchaos41 September 2, 2013

Batman never dies!!!

Very good. At times can get violent. Also Terry and his girlfriend often kiss passionately.

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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