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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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Positive Role Models
Batman leads his team. Robin and Batgirl learn the importance of working together. The Batwheels embrace their new roles as superheroes, working together to defeat evil.
Some key characters are people of color, including Robin (a young Black boy), Batgirl, and the supervillain Riddler.
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Violence & Scariness
Batman and his crew battle against villains in prolonged scenes. There are cartoon style clashes, falls, and crashes into poles and buildings. Most of the crashes don't show the actual collision; instead, it's represented by a "Pow!"-type symbol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Secret Origin of the Batwheels is an animated series created to introduce preschool viewers to the DC Universe. The show has lots of extended action scenes, but they aren't necessarily violent, as collisions are not shown. Most of the scenes involve the Batwheels battling the Legion of Zoom -- think speeding vehicles crashing and running each other off of the road. Robin is portrayed as a young Black male, and Batgirl is portrayed as a girl of color. Themes like "Think it through" are explicitly stated.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of DC Comics will probably love this opportunity to introduce the youngest members of their families to the comic book brand; anyone else can skip this show. Secret Origin of the Batwheels seeks to introduce a new superhero team, but fails to invest viewers in its story. That's mainly because there is very little story – it's overshadowed by cool graphics and action scenes that go on entirely too long. Speaking of graphics, some of the Batwheels characters very closely resemble characters from Disney's Cars movies. Kid viewers will be wowed by the images, but the lack of plot, coupled with way too much dialogue, may not have them sticking around for too long.
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