This review today is written for parents who are wondering if Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might be too inappropriate for their children to see.
Despite what most critics are apparently saying, I personally actually enjoyed the movie.
And to serve my Internet followers, I decided to take good notes during the entire movie, to help inform parents of any potentially offensive material.
Here’s the video version I made, if you prefer:
Of course, to keep this family friendly for this review, I’ll censor out some vowels so we all have a clear conscience about it.
So let’s get started with profanity. For a gritty PG-13 rated movie, I actually feel the language was a bit light:
2 vain uses of G*d d*mn
2 vain uses of G*d
1 vain use of Chr*st
1 vain use of J*sus
1 vain (not literal) use of hell
1 vain use of d*mn
2 uses of son of a b*tch
1 literal use of b*lls, referring to the human anatomy
1 literal use of sex trafficker
As you can see, this movie only has a few token “cuss words”. Instead, it’s the vain uses of God’s name, as well as terms revolving around eternal damnation, that would be deemed offensive by many religious parents.
As expected, this movie is over 2 hours of constant action and violence. The death count is easily in the dozens; not to mention the thousands that lose their lives during a building collapse.
However, very little blood is shown. This is not a gory movie, which keeps it from being R-rated.
While there is no explicit nudity or overtly sensual scenes, situations are definitely implied at few times.
-A naked male corpse is shown, with the pelvic area censored by the person observing the body.
-A group of rescued yet still captive human trafficking victims are shown behind bars, while Batman brands the trafficker himself after Batman chains him to the wall.
-Bruce Wayne is shown waking up with an unknown woman in bed, as to imply a casual sexual relationship, though the woman’s face isn’t even shown.
-There is also a scene in which Clark Kent casually walks in on Louis Lane in the bathtub. The bathwater censors her, but by the end of the scene Superman joins her while fully clothed, as the
camera pans away to imply more is about to happen.
-Wonder Woman’s attire might possibly be deemed as too revealing by conservative parents.
A reoccurring theme of the movie is the question, “Is Superman good all the time?” However, God’s name is often substituted for Superman’s name when this topic comes up.
Similarly, Lex Luther at one point says, “God is as good as dead.” (Of course, he is referring to Superman; comparing him to God.)
Ultimately, this is a dark, PG-13 rated movie. However, it’s not gory or explicit. The language easily could have been much worse.
Based on this information I’ve provided for you today, I’ll let you decide as the parent, what age is appropriate for a child to be to see this movie.