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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm | 1994 | PG | - 1.4.0

Spin-off of the Fox Network's "Batman: The Animated Series." The villain is The Phantasm, a vigilante who cuts a silhouette that's similar to the Dark Knight's.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - There is some kissing and a sexual encounter between Bruce and a girlfriend is (subtly) implied.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - There's lots of punching and beating, sometimes occurring in close-up. Also a lot of shooting, though no one gets hit by a bullet. And, several explosions. The Joker employs a poison that causes victims to laugh themselves to death -- we see one corpse with a ghoulish grin on its face. The Phantasm wears a razor-sharp scythe on his hand, and threatens people with it, though nobody actually gets cut by the weapon.


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LANGUAGE 0 - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illness, revenge, vigilantism, organized crime.

MESSAGE - This is a story about turning points, and a meditation on the-path-not-taken idea.

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