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Batman: Year One

action & adventure, anime & animation

Experience a bold and dynamic vision of the Dark Knight's first year in action and the start of his enduring friendship with Jim Gordon.

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ON for kids age 14
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
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3 out of 5

Animated superhero drama is too intense for young fans.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this feature-length animated action movie based on Frank Miller's popular comic books is fairly violent and includes a shocking sequence in which a newborn infant is kidnapped and placed in danger. There's also the expected fighting and shooting (with some blood shown). The movie also includes some sexual content, with images of a red-light district and prostitutes, suggestions of an extramarital affair, and (in the accompanying short film) images of a strip club. The occasional strong language goes as far as "bitch" and "bastard."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. When does it cross the line from thrilling to shocking? What's the difference?
  • How does this version of Batman's story compare with others you've seen or read?
  • Is Batman a vigilante? Should he be arrested, or should he be allowed to help the police? What's the difference between law and justice?

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5 stars


- CreedsDelight, Saturday, September 22, 2012

5 stars


- CreedsDelight, Saturday, September 22, 2012

2 stars

Not as good as "Under the Red Hood", but certainly not bad either. I'm kind of indifferent on this one. It clearly continues the darker, more mature look and feel of the Batman series, but it was disjointed and boring at the same time. The story is pretty bare bones and doesn't really show how Bruce Wayne became the masked crusader. It's more about how Jim Gordon got his start, which really isn't that interesting. There's a reason he wasn't the main character originally. The animation also isn't nearly as good as "Under the Red Hood" or the voice acting. Year One clearly has its fans and it is something different for the long-running series, but I'm not among those that enjoyed it.

- jlewis07, Tuesday, August 14, 2012