Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

2012 PG-13 1h 18m Blu-ray / DVD

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

2012 PG-13 1h 18m Blu-ray / DVD
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Along with new sidekick Robin, the Dark Knight has reclaimed Gotham City, but his return has awakened a terrible new - yet familiar - threat. The Joker has resurfaced with an evil plot that may pull Batman down to the darkest levels of insanity.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

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.

Sexual Content

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."

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

Some secondary characters are shown drinking out of sheer misery and pain. Drinking problems are subtly suggested, but not mentioned or shown.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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