1. Comic books are now being released as R-rated movies; recent ones include Sin City, Watchmen, Wanted, and Kick-Ass. 1
2. More movie producers are making R-rated comic book movies as cheaply and quickly as they can, and they’re pushing the envelope with shock value and violence.2
3. The main character of the R-rated Kick-Ass (which was released in theaters on April 16) is played by an actress who was 11 years old at the time of filming.3
Here’s my Take on it:
When my kids were preschoolers, they ran around with capes and masks, fighting evil in any way that they could think of, which meant I often had to intervene and raise questions about how “true, upstanding superheroes” would really act. What made parenting more difficult for me were the images of the superheroes my kids saw on TV and on the internet. The Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Scooby Doo that I grew up with seemed like wimpy superheroes to my kids. But now, the media has gone even further, which is way too far.
The R-rated comic book movies that are being released today are catching the attention of 3- to 12-year-olds, who should stay far away from the violent and foul-mouthed content. Our kids need superheroes and role models to look up to and to emulate. They need to struggle with the issues of good versus evil. I just think they should do so without being influenced by superheroes who haven’t learned their manners—or how to act in ethical, upstanding ways.
Ask your child: “Who is your favorite superhero? Why?”
- Find out more about how to make your child’s media exposure a positive experience in our Media and Technology section.
- Read more about how to become a media-savvy parent from CommonSense Media.
Do you agree or disagree with me? Are today’s superheroes crossing the line? Share your comments below.
1. Scott Bowles, “Superheroes Are Ready to Kick … ,” USA Today, April 15, 2010.
3. Scott Bowles, “Chloe Moretz, 13, Can Kick Your You-Know-What,” USA Today, April 15, 2010.