Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is the conclusion to the animated movie based on the legendary 1986 comic book. Like the previous installment, it's extremely violent, with almost constant fighting, blood, guns, shooting, stabbing, and death. Sex is also an issue, as an escort service becomes a minor part of the plot. Some strong language surfaces, such as "son of a bitch," "ass," and "hell." And some minor characters are shown drinking to drown out their pain and misery. This is a very dark, ambiguous story, steeped in 1980s-era values about vigilantism, but it's also ambitious. Literate, intelligent teens may be interested in this fascinating addendum to the Batman mythology.
One sequence involves an escort service run by Selina Kyle. In one scene, an escort kisses a customer, with sexual suggestion. A villainess called Bruno wears Nazi crosses over what appears to be otherwise naked breasts. (No nipples are shown.)
Intense and hard-hitting animated fantasy violence. There's almost constant fighting, with guns and shooting, punching, stabbing, and lots of dripping blood, and some dead bodies. There's also a nuclear explosion that doesn't kill anyone, but knocks out the power and sends a city into chaos. Rioting, looting, and mob violence follows.
Some swear words come up from time to time, including "ass," "hell," and "son of a bitch."
By the end of the story Bruce Wayne has organized opposing forces to work together for the greater good, although it somewhat resembles a vigilante group. It's suggested that this outlaw group is far more effective than the already-established U.S. government. In other scenes, Jim Gordon coaxes rioters and looters to work together to save their neighborhood.
Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Some secondary characters are shown drinking out of sheer misery and pain. Drinking problems are subtly suggested, but not mentioned or shown.