Now is the best time to introduce your kids to some classic and brand new Comic Book movies! But how can you determine what films and characters are best suited for them? Thankfully, Common Sense Media makes it super easy to narrow down. They provide reviews from parents and kids on movies, TV shows, books, and everything in between. That way you can get a parent’s guidance and perspective to make the best entertainment choices for everyone in the family. So here are some of Common Sense Media’s top picks for movies based on comic books, so you can enjoy them with your younger viewers at home worry-free.
Movies Best Suited For Tweens
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger is a must-see Marvel flick. The movie tells the story of rejected military soldier Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, who finds himself transformed into Captain America after taking a ‘Super Soldier serum.’ And while the role of Captain America comes with plenty of action, it doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges too. According to Common Sense Media, parents need to know that the movie is full of plenty of explosions, fistfights and guns. But Captain America remains a wholesome, compassionate and brave character from beginning to end.
Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse
Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse brings plenty of imagination and energy to the big screen. The movie centers on young Miles and his journey to become Spider-Man and join forces with five other spider-powered heroes to stop a dire threat to the world. The movie’s got plenty of heart and its unique visual style makes it even more fun to watch. According to Common Sense Media, parents need to know that that some fights can get a little intense, and that some of the characters flirt with each other. The overall message of the movie centers around the importance of friendship, teamwork, and being courageous.
Superman: The Movie
Superman: The Movie is a must-see classic for any superhero movie lover. The film centers on the epic arc of Superman, from his origins on planet Krypton, to his life on earth as mild-mannered Clark Kent, eventually growing to become the legendary fighter for justice, Superman. According to Common Sense Media, parents need to know that Superman saves citizens from some pretty scary situations and there are a couple of swear words here and there. But the overall tone and lessons focus on justice, truth, and fighting for what is right.
Men in Black
Men in Black is a fun-filled flick for all ages. This movie centers on the charismatic duo played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, as they track down and try to stop bizarre alien activities on Earth. They meet plenty of strange and funny characters along the way, as they ultimately come into contact with an intergalactic terrorist they have to stop before it’s too late. According to Common Sense Media, parents need to know that there are scary creatures in the movie, some cartoonish violence, and some swear words. Overall though, the movie’s got plenty of cleverness and exaggeration to add to the over-the-top fun.
Movies Best Suited For Teens
Black Panther is one of Marvel’s latest and most inspirational films. The movie centers on a young king, T’Challa, who sets out to fight and protect Wakanda and the world from an old, dangerous enemy. And the only way to save his people is to use the power of Black Panther. According to Common Sense Media, parents need to know that this is the first Marvel film that centers on a superhero of color, as well as having a mostly black cast. There is also hand-to-hand combat and violence to keep note of with a couple of swear words here and there. Overall though, the film will spark interesting discussions at home surrounding race, gender, and equality.
Batman Returns is a superhero flick that stands out among others thanks to Tim Burton’s unique directing vision. The movie features a superstar cast, including Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny DeVito as The Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. The story follows Batman as he tries to stop chaos from erupting in Gotham City thanks to this new cast of dark characters. According to Common Sense Media, parents should know that this Batman film is darker than the previous 1989 movie, and there is some violence and more mature themes. However, the villains are more colorful and the overall vision is more cartoony than the realism we see in today’s superhero films.
The ultra charismatic Robert Downey Jr. brings a whole other level of cool to Iron Man. The movie centers on Tony Stark, a super-rich inventor who gets kidnapped and is forced to build a dangerous weapon. But rather than succumbing to his captors, he instead builds his infamous high-tech Iron Man suit to escape – and of course – fight evil. According to Common Sense Media, parents need to know that there are plenty of explosions and fistfights in the film. Tony Stark also shows his moral character as he turns away from irresponsibility, despite his all-powerful ability to do anything he wants.
Hellboy is one of the more fantasy-based flicks on our list. The movie centers on Hellboy as he and his team try to stop a witch who once started a plague from being brought back to life. There are plenty of battles between the human and the supernatural, making this an exciting and imagination-fueled ride for the family. According the Common Sense Media, parents need to know that this film is much more violent than the 2004 and 2008 adaptations, making it better suited to more mature fans of the franchise.