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June 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm (Movies)

What should I take the little Batman to see this summer?

This is the summer time, and along with summer comes summer movies. These movies can include fighting robots, soul-searching homeless people, a feel-good comedy or even a rampant musical. However one thing that nearly every summer includes is a superhero movie, in any shape or form. However I have noticed a little trend this summer in superhero movies. The genre has sort of strayed away from younger audiences, and this summer is a prime example. These movies have moved away from the kid-friendly audience and moved toward more adult style, which sometimes comes along with the “real-life” superhero. Start with Iron Man, which is kid-friendly, not anything really exaggerative in any particular field. However, the movie really emphasizes the womanizing, drunken ways of Tony Stark. Then there’s the Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, which I haven’t seen, but seems to be fairly reasonable for kids, not seeming to have any real adult themes. Then there’s Wanted, which is definitely not for kids with more than 30 F Bombs, graphic violence throughout, and more. Hancock is the next to come out the gate, and it doesn’t seem to be the most kid-friendly. WIll Smith is playing a homeless bum who uses unorthodox methods to fight crime. The movie got rated R twice, so parents should definitely use discretion. July 18 will mark the release for The Dark Knight, which may be appropriate for kids as far as swearing or drinking, but it might be a little frightening for children. The Joker’s look looks to be very frightening, while Two Face looks to be even scarier for the younger. Christopher Nolan himself said in an interview “No way I’m taking my kid to it.” Overall, this summer looks to be great for superhero fans, even if they may not be as friendly for kids. I personally would recommend for parents taking your child to see Iron Man and Incredible Hulk, as far as the others go, I’d just recommend you seeing them alone.



  1. The James said,

    can’t wait for dark knight! it is gonna be intense! (also can’t wait for hulk)

  2. nolanator said,

    I’m going to be 16 next month. I watch almost any superhero movie I want.

  3. earlman27 said,

    Well Nolan it wasn’t directly aimed at teens, it wasn’t generally viewing the evolution of comic-based movies and how they’re not just for kids anymore.

  4. nolanator said,


  5. The James said,

    Well, a lot of it has to do with the fact that the people who watch them are growing up.

    The people who watched spoder man when they were 10 are 16 now.

  6. earlman27 said,

    Great point. However I know younger kids that went to Spiderman 3 and are going back and watching those. My point was some of the new movies aren’t appropriate for kids.

  7. nolanator said,

    Who cares. Parents can go see Hancock and send the kids into WALL-E.

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