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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace

Sex & Nudity

  • The Joker asks the Mob, "Did your balls drop off?"
  • A Russian woman wearing a bikini invites Alfred to spread sun-tan lotion on her to which he reluctantly agrees.
  • The Joker teases Rachel calling her "Harvey's Squeeze."
  • A man at a bar hears someone enter and thinks its his bartender friend returning from the bathroom moments after entering. He says, "What, you need someone to shake it for ya?"
  • Rachel kisses Bruce in detail.
  • At a fund raising party a man runs in on two half dressed guests (no nudity), it is obvious to everyone that they had been engaging in sex/were about to have sex.
  • Harvey Dent is kissed by Rachel in passion.

Violence & Gore

  • Pervasive and Frightening moments of menace, and threats, primarily by the main antagonist, who wears clown make up to scare people and to hide the graphic scars on his cheeks.
  • It is implied that a man is burned to death on a pile of money.
  • It is implied that the Joker has the remaining mob boss killed and fed to his own dogs before taking his place.
  • The Joker sets his dogs after Batman. Batman throws them to their presumed deaths but then Joker attacks Batman and madly beats him with a crowbar before throwing him down and pinning him down with an iron beam.
  • Many characters within are shot either off screen or below frame.
  • Two-Face beats a girl unconscious when deciding not to kill her. However, it is implied that she died from her injuries in a single line said by Gordon after assessing the damage.
  • Batman beats down an entire SWAT team in the film's climax.
  • The movie opens with a bank robbery. There are several scenes of men being shot, however it either cuts away, happens offscreen or there is little to no blood shown. A man has what looks like a grenade shoved into his mouth, but it then shown that it is a gas canister.
  • There is a scene where a man slams another's head down on a pencil tip. The camera angle and the cut mean we don't see anything. But it is made clear what happens; there is a pencil impaled in the man's head.
  • There is a scene where it is implied that a man slashes the cheeks of another man in a Glasgow smile/Chelsea grin. We see nothing as the camera cuts away as it happens.
  • A man is shown hanging from a noose in front of a window in a "jump" scene, and he is already dead when he is dropped.
  • There are several scenes of mild violence involving fist fighting and gun shots, also there are a few scenes in which attack dogs are used. A man is bitten and another is mauled by a dog, there is blood shown later during the first and the second doesn't show any at all.
  • A man suffers intense burns to one side of his face, later the muscle and bone are visible in areas and his eyelid is burned away to expose his whole eyeball.
  • A woman dies in a flaming explosion. The camera cuts to show the outside and the building blowing up so we see nothing of her death.
  • There is a scene in which a man is shown to have a bomb sewn under his skin (not graphic), it later explodes still inside of him. Again the camera cuts to show the explosion, nothing graphic is shown.
  • A man has his legs broken, after being dropped from a small height. The breaking is audible and you see his legs crumple under him.
  • Despite the nature of these scenes, there is no real gore and there is very, very little blood. However, the violence is discussed openly, and the main perpetrator often boasts or explains the violence graphically. He also declares that people will die and brutally murders several in quick succession.
  • Two-Face's face is very graphic.


  • 3 uses of the word "bitch".
  • 2 uses of the word "damn".
  • 2 uses of the word "Hell".
  • 2 uses of the word "shit".
  • 1 use of the word "goddamn".
  • 1 use of the word "ass".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is a scene where a man is about to drink, but is interrupted.
  • A man quickly drinks two shots of whiskey.
  • A drug dealer is displeased with the man who supplies his trade. The drugs are indicated to have been laced with a hallucinogenic and a man is shown suffering from intense hallucinations and calling out in terror on the floor. We see nothing but him thrashing and the drugs themselves are not shown, only mentioned.
  • We see a mobster constantly smoke a cigar. He is smoking in exactly every scene he appears in except for when he is in the court room, when he confronts Harvey Dent, and when Batman breaks his legs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This movie is very dark and intense for a PG-13 movie.
  • Big jump scare when a dead man hanging hits a window on a high rise building. It comes out of nowhere.
  • The character of the Joker is particularly chilling, especially for younger viewers.
  • The Joker tells two upsetting stories of how he got his scars.
  • The image of the Joker wearing a nurse's uniform may disturb some people.
  • Two Face threatens to kill a 10 year old boy.
  • The iconic Joker interrogation scene can disturb viewers.
  • The Joker taunts Two-Face, ecouraging him to kill him.
  • Two-Face's descent into madness is chilling and may be difficult to watch for some viewers.
  • Batman and a cop race to rescue two hostages.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Joker says he will blow up a hospital if a man is not dead in 60 minutes.
  • Two-Face threatens to kill a man's family at gunpoint.
  • The Joker posts a chilling video of himself with a hostage telling him (and his viewers) "how crazy Batman has made Gotham." He then laughs maniacally off camera, and the hostage's screaming is heard in the background. Later on, we see the hostage's now dead body hanging from a noose hit the window of a high rise building, with tense and scary music playing and also making a jumpscare. This is definitely the scariest moment in the film.
  • Near the end, there is a scene with two ferry boats with large-scale explosives in their cargo bays. They both have a detonator. The Joker states that they both have a detonator to the other boat. By midnight, if one of them isn't already blown up, he blows both of them up.

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