Superheroes Aren’t for Kids Anymore

Apr 14, 2017   //   by   //   Community Blog  //  No Comments

Every kid grows up idolizing a superhero. For me it was Batman. I was in love with the city that he lives to protect–––Gotham, his trusty sidekick–––Robin, and even the villains he faced, my favourite being The Joker. Most of all I loved the fact that Batman was so relatable. He had no otherworldly powers whatsoever, just his brain, his billions and his brute strength. I thought that if Batman could defeat some nasty people with no real help, anyone has the potential to as well.

It’s obvious that not only Batman, but superheroes in general had a large impact on my life from childhood. Now though, as I enjoy the new movies and TV shows based on superheroes that come out–––I can’t help thinking about how hard it will be to introduce my potential children to them. It continuously crosses my mind how the market of superheroes for children is declining.

Those of us who read Batman, Superman and Avengers comics are no doubt stoked about the movies. Everyone wants to see something they love created in a different media. Though with children, what do they have to look forward to? The cinematic industry is always growing, always changing, and now they are shameless with their Rated R explicit superhero remakes.

For instance, X-Men. I loved X-Men as a child. I saw it as a fun family movie. This year a new Wolverine movie Logan (2017) is coming out and is going to be Rated R. What parent who has shown their child to the X-Men movies won’t feel gutted telling their kid they aren’t old enough to see the new one?

The new Batman v Superman movie that came out last year was a box office hit. It was the second highest gross film of 2016. It was also Rated PG-13, which is fine. Nothing is wrong with dealing with more mature themes in superhero movies, but there is a way to do it tastefully and in a way that doesn’t exclude children. The movie was described by critics as “dark” and “brooding”. It is cautioned as too heavy for children and just heavy enough for teens and adults.

Now with the Blu-ray and DVD release later this year there will be an extra directors cut scene at the end of the movie that is Rated R. Something that only mature audiences can enjoy, which doesn’t seem entirely necessary.

Some other superhero movies/TV shows that are dark include Suicide Squad (2016), that required a therapist on set during production, and Gotham (TV), that deals with strong content and foreboding topics. Not to mention Deadpool, the highest grossing film of 2016 which is proclaimed for its profanity, gore, and swearing.

When you sit back and think of all the movies out there that are already adult-only, ask yourself: Is bloody violence and sex so important that they need to be incorporated into supposed family movies as well? Hey film industry, think of the kids!

About the Author |

Shayanna Seymour

Shayanna Seymour is currently a student in the Publishing: Book, Magazine and Electronic program at Centennial College. In 2015 she graduated with an Associates Degree in Social Studies from the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Shayanna is a lover of words, a hardcore bibliophile, and a rebel without a cause. Her future aspirations include writing a Young Adult novel and adopting as many dogs as she can. She currently resides in Toronto.


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