DCU: Son of Batman
Hidden atop a secret mountain lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra's al Ghul. Together with his daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins bent on global domination. But an uprising from within threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy's father. With his son in tow, Batman wages war against the villain Deathstroke and the League of Shadows.
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PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that DCU: Son of Batman is a 2014 animated feature in which Bruce Wayne learns he has a hot-tempered son. Although this is an engaging story with high-quality animation, this film is most definitely not the campy Batman and Robin from the 1960s television show but a more noirish and cynical Batman and Gotham City. There is frequent fantasy-style violence: Characters are shown getting stabbed in the eyes and throats by swords and arrows, and in one instance Batman's son is shown stabbed in both his arms and pinned against a wall. There also are some sexual suggestions on occasion: The mother of Batman's child tells him, "I'm the only one who can bite you," Commissioner Gordon references a phone-sex number, and one of the main bad guys is shown bringing two prostitutes back to his apartment.
- Sexual Content
- Some suggestive comments here and there. The former lover of Batman tells him, "I'm the only one who can bite you." Commissioner Gordon shows Batman a clue in the form of a written-down phone number and says that it's a phone-sex number. The main antagonist refers to Batman as a "sperm donor." One of the main antagonists is shown bringing two prostitutes into his apartment.
- Frequent comic book-style violence. Characters do battle with swords, arrows, and machine guns, in addition to fists and feet. A character is killed from an arrow shot through his throat. A man is shot and killed with a machine gun at point-blank range. A man burns to death. The main protagonist is stabbed in the eye with a sword during a fight. While engaged in battle, a tween boy is pinned against a wall by two swords stabbed through his arms.
- "Bastard," "hell," "screw you."
- Social Behavior
- This is from the more noir-ish, cynical side of the Batman spectrum, and, as such, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.
- Although there is no overt product placement, there's a line of toys and comic books for sale as part of the Batman enterprise.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters are shown drinking booze but don't act intoxicated.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it