A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Batman is, as always, a brooding, dark character, but less so here than in previous incarnations. He never kills his adversaries, opting instead to leave them trussed up and ready for the jail cell. He does, however, beat them pretty soundly before that. On the positive side, persons of color and people of both genders are given equal representation, both as villains and as good guys.
Violence & Scariness
Intense stuff for younger viewers: giant crocodiles, evil bats (scary enough to make a grown-up flinch), and pretty serious fight scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Curvaceous characters like Poison Ivy are flirty, but their costumes never reveal a thing, and The Batman seems pretty impervious to their comments.
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Villains sling growled threats around quite a bit, but basically the language is tame.
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Products & Purchases
The Batman has lots of cool gadgets, but none that are actually available at your local toy outlet. There are, however, hundreds of product tie-ins to tempt young fans.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman is ultimately an antihero, operating outside the law. Although committed to fighting crime, he does so in a way that wouldn't work for real people. Parents should also be aware of the never-ending stream of Batman clothes, games, toys, and other cultural detritus on the market. The fact remains, though, that unless you're raising your kids in a monastery at the bottom of a deep well, they're going to be aware of -- and fascinated by -- The Batman.
Is It Any Good?
The Batman is a remarkably coherent, fun show, with lots of action, great moody sets, and exciting pacing. The dialogue is more natural than that of many cartoons featuring adult characters, and the plots are similarly well-crafted. Environmental and societal concerns are raised within the program's boundaries, and solutions are offered. Those solutions aren't always cut-and-dried -- there are loose ends and unanswered questions, such as what constitutes real power, or what happens when the natural order of things is upset -- which keeps The Batman ensconced in real-world issues and provides excellent jumping-off points for larger discussions.
Pop culture-savvy parents will certainly notice that when the mask is off, Bruce Wayne looks a little younger than they remember, and that the whole parents-getting-murdered/midnight-vigilante-justice thing is largely glossed over. But for action-starved preteens, this cartoon will be a welcome addition to the rotation, and one that parents can get into as well (offering them the chance to fill their kids in on the absent back story). The beloved Dark Knight somehow seems to create a generational connection between parents and kids, and we're lucky to have this incarnation that promotes positive values and provides strong role models.
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