A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The story raises questions about the differentiation between good and evil, since Batman is the people's hero but often uses means that resemble those of the villains he fights. A female character assumes a major role on the Batman team. Batman's superhero abilities often belie very human insecurities that are raised in the stories.
Positive Role Models
Batman can fight with the best of them, but he never kills his enemies. He's often brooding and contemplative, yielding few jovial moments to the dark stories. Alfred's loyalty to him proves invaluable to his success. Villains use coercion and force to get what they want, with no regard to the safety of others.
Violence & Scariness
Batman's violent battles with the villains are prominently featured in the show. In addition to hand-to-hand exchanges with punching and kicking, they also use knives, saws, and swords. There's not much blood, but the characters do suffer injuries like bone breaks and bruises. Kidnappings, explosions, car accidents, and hostage situations are common.
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Products & Purchases
Batman is one of the most recognizable superheroes on the market, and there's an extensive line of merchandise bearing his image.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beware the Batman joins predecessors like Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Batman Beyond in telling the story of the brooding Caped Crusader and his campaign for justice in Gotham City. The show's sleek CGI animation style makes the already dark content feel even more ominous at times, especially during the violent exchanges between Batman and a revolving cast of villains. Weapons range from swords to poison darts, there are kidnappings and mild forms of torture (in one scene, captives must run through an obstacle course of booby traps and synchronized explosions), hostage situations, and lots of death-defying escapes. As always, Batman is a conflicted character, fighting evil with violent methods of his own that don't always sit well with him, and wrestling with personal insecurities.
Is It Any Good?
There's no shortage of interpretations of Batman's familiar story, from big-screen blockbusters to kid-friendly cartoons, so why another go at an animated series about the Dark Knight? Beware the Batman toes the line between the two styles in a new way, leaning more toward the intensity of movies like Batman Begins, but blending this ominous tone with the fantasy nature of an animated show. The CG-rendered style of this incarnation perfectly suits this combination, making Beware the Batman a standout among its peers.
That said, the show is also a great example of the misleading nature of animation. Violence can pack a punch even when the players are computer-generated, and the show's often sinister tone isn't entirely overshadowed by its animated style. Batman (and Bruce) is as brooding as ever, and his spells of contemplation and personal insecurities require a more mature viewer to put into perspective. What's more, there's always the delicate balance between Batman's altruistic motives and the violent means by which he achieves success to consider. The bottom line? If your older tweens have outgrown the lighter cartoony stuff but aren't quite ready for the intensity of the real Batman movies, then this might fill the void.
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