As Justice League makes its way into theaters this weekend, more than a few parents will be wondering if they can bring their kids along to see the highly anticipated team-up of DC Comics’ best. Like most superhero movies these days, the film is rated PG-13, for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action”. Most Marvel films are released with the same rating and a similar designation, and the four previous entries in the DCEU (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman) all shared a similar PG-13 label. But if you’re looking to decide whether or not the shared universe’s latest outing is appropriate for your little ones, it may actually be best to compare Justice League to the other four DCEU films.
In response to the shared criticisms of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and even Suicide Squad — specifically the grimdark, hopeless tone — Warner Bros. set out to correct the course and inject a bit more fun into the proceedings. The next DCEU movie, Wonder Woman, was far and away the shared universe’s finest entry to date, and parents can rest assured that Justice League has a similarly positive vibe, overall. Batman brands exactly zero people in this movie, the Flash is a ton of fun, and that whole thing about the costumes of the Amazons being too revealing was a bit overblown. If your children were fine seeing Wonder Woman, they should be good to go here.
Despite the fact that our heroes are faced with an apocalyptic scenario, Justice League really isn’t all that violent, either. The villains of the film, however, are a bit of a mixed bag in terms of kid-friendliness. Frankly, the main villain of the film, Steppenwolf, isn’t all that intimidating. Parents needn’t worry about the kiddies having nightmares about the warmongering baddie from Apokolips — unless they’re terrified of subpar CGI, that is. Truth be told, the most frightening things in Justice League are probably Steppenwolf’s legion of foot soldiers, which you can check out for yourself below.
Those guys are called Parademons, the minions of Apokolips that have come to aid Steppenwolf in his conquest of Earth.They have one or two somewhat intense moments in the film, and they actually have a pretty nightmare fuel-y design, so if your kids are scared of the creatures in the photo above, it might be wise to consider having them sit this one out.
All around, Justice League is neither a particularly scary film, nor one that’s all that complicated. The little ones should have no trouble keeping up with the action. Of course, whether or not you choose to bring them along is entirely up to you, because hey, we’re here to talk about movies, not tell you how to parent your children. You’ll make the right call; we believe in you!
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