Violence in Superhero movies

Up until now, most of the movies I’ve been watching for this blog I’ve been able to watch with my daughter. She’s five, I like to think she handles movie violence pretty well. She’s snuck up on us watching some violent shows like Supernatural or Vampire Diaries, I don’t think it was during any of the really gory parts but I know for sure I’m not letting her watch either of those shows on purpose any time soon. But superhero movies can be kind of a grey area. Most older movies are pretty tame with just some physical violence but never any blood.

But watching the 1990’s Captain America gave me a slight pause. It’s the first movie we watched together that really has guns in it, at least guns that aren’t just ineffective tools when used against Superman or Supergirl. There was some blood, nothing major, but it was a bit of violence. Her response was “Is his shirt dead?” Most superheroes aside from the ones that are specifically geared toward an adult audience like Watchmen are geared towards kids and adults. I’ve already questioned which Batman movies might be too much for her. I imagine she should be ok with Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, but the others I’m not so sure about, especially the Christopher Nolan ones.

What superhero movies are out there that are thought of as a “kid friendly” or at least one that you think of as one you might have grown up with that when you watch again as a parent, might be a little bit too violent for a young child to watch. Specifically, what about the new Captain America movie? Leave a comment, let me know what you think. I think I’ll have a short update, blog, or bonus review every Tuesday along with my regular reviews every Sunday and Thursday. Superman IV is up this Thursday to finish out the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. Until next time, this is Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.

About Bubbawheat

I'm a comic book movie enthusiast who has watched and reviewed over 400 superhero and comic book movies in the past seven years, my goal is to continue to find and watch and review every superhero movie ever made.

Posted on January 3, 2012, in Blogs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hmm, i’ve never really taken notice of the age rating of a movie as i don’t have kids, but i guess as the ratings are designed as a big umbrella guide as to whether it’s suitable for a child, that would be your best info. The new Captain America is rated pg-13 in the US. Personally i don’t think the gun violence is too bad though in that movie, though people do die, infact in some instances, disintegrate… It is a war film though, so if you’ve not explained to her the facts of war, you might need to think about that. I think probably the biggest worry is the Red Skull himself, he could be a little grotesque for a 5 year old maybe, though you could google a pic of him to see what you think.

    As for other movies that would be 5 year old friendly, the Fantastic Four films are fairly tame, the earlier Batman’s you mentioned also. The 70’s Spiderman movies if you can get hold of them and prehaps even the new ones too, they’re fairly light-hearted and low on any fatal type violence… definately would not recommend the Chris Nolan Batmans for her, but definately would recommend them for you, they’re very good, though quite dark and violent!

    Good luck with it all anyway mate 🙂

  2. Thanks, my biggest concern is bloody violence and really scary things. I think ratings are getting more specific which is nice so you know if it’s rated higher for language, violence, or sexual content. But there’s still a big difference between certain types of violence. Even getting disintegrated could go either way, like disintegrating into a flash of dust, or disintegrating where you can see the layers of skin and muscle go away individually. I think the 90’s Red Skull looked more scary thank the new Red Skull and she handled that pretty well. We’ll see I guess.

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