Batman: The Animated Series

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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A dark, violent comic book comes to life.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 35 reviews

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

Positive Messages

In a lot of ways, Batman behaves similarly to his enemies. The Caped Crusader has always been a dark superhero, willing to bend morality and the law to accomplish his goals (though he refrains from killing the baddies he deals with).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although Batman is a complicated role model, he demonstrates courage in the face of his enemies and ultimately battles for good over evil.

Violence & Scariness

Frequent cartoon violence as Batman takes on the bad guys -- guns, knives, fist fights, and more.

Sexy Stuff

Bruce talks about bringing a girl home. Some female characters wear tight clothes.

Language
Consumerism

There are plenty of Batman products out there for young fans to covet.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman: The Animated Series -- like all shows and movies centering on the Caped Crusader -- is dark and violent. Batman is a deeply conflicted hero who doesn't hesitate to use his fists to settle a disagreement (though he never kills his targets). Although the content is of high quality overall, the complicated messages and frequent fights mean this series isn't for the littlest viewers.

User Reviews

Adult Written bychicomarx July 23, 2010

Best of the 90's

One of the best cartoons ever made. Loved it as a kid, and I had loads of fun re-watching a few seasons after seeing 'The Dark Knight'. It's cer... Continue reading
Parent Written byghecko13 October 8, 2012

An Average Batman Series for older kids

I thought the series was just ok. It's mainly focused on Batman but Robin, Catwoman, and Batgirl make appearances. The episodes seem to be a bit dull on th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykeyboardkid November 16, 2014

Best TV show for teens ever created!

Dark,gritty,mature and a 1930's kind of setting.It's a brilliant show for teens that should not be missed.The episodes are brilliant with most charact... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 16, 2012

Dark, Violent, And Awesome!

This is one of the coolest shows I've ever watched. Though the animation isn't as engaging as cartoons like, say, Pokemon, the plot, action, and voice... Continue reading

What's the story?

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES follows the adventures of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman. This cartoon version, which originally ran from 1992-1995 (it still airs in syndication and is available on DVD), closely mirrors most other takes on the Dark Knight: Bruce comes from one of the most affluent and generous families in Gotham City. As a child, he witnessed his parents' murder -- an event that ultimately leads him to become Batman. As an adult, Bruce (voiced by Kevin Conroy) is left carrying the responsibility of the family mansion and the family business, Wayne Enterprises; but most of all, he's left carrying guilt, since he blames himself for his parents' deaths. With the help of servant-turned-father figure Alfred (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), Bruce creates Batman to get his revenge on all the criminals in Gotham. Later on, he's joined by sidekick Robin (Loren Lester).

Is it any good?

Overall, this complex, well-made series is further proof (if anyone still needs it) that animation isn't always automatically kid friendly. Batman: The Animated Series is a fairly violent cartoon. Guns, knives, and other weapons make frequent appearances, and all of the characters -- including Batman himself -- handle conflicts with their fists rather than their conversational skills. Also, some episodes focus heavily on Bruce's would-be playboy image, which includes some tame womanizing.

Most concerning, though -- at least for parents of young children -- is the show's overall grim quality: Bruce's melancholy and anger are the driving force behind the entire series, and some of the show's dark, intellectual plot twists could easily scare some younger kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Batman: The Animated Series compares with other Batman TV shows and movies?

  • What are the responsibilities of being a hero? What is a hero? Is Batman a hero, a martyr, or both? Why is Batman so grim? Why does he feel responsible for the citizens of Gotham? 

  • How does Batman demonstrate courage in Batman: The Animated Series? Why is this an important character strength?

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