Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons rating information accidentally spoils a DCEU villain’s return to the animated film.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) accidentally revealed the appearance of a major villain in Batman and Superman: The Battle of the Super Sons.
The BBFC gave DC’s upcoming animated film a 12 for moderate violence, menace, bloody imagery, and implied foul language. The organization explained its decision in the film’s ratings information, which details what led to the film earning a certain rating. Under the injury detail, the BBFC said that “there are occasional bloody details, including a slow-motion spurt of blood from a punch. Alien starfish explode in blood.” The Threat and Horror section further mentions the inclusion of “moderate body horror when alien starfish shoot out of victims’ mouths. Two young teenagers must battle their possessed parents”. With mention of both alien starfish and possession, all signs point to Battle of the Super Sons featuring popular Justice League the supervillain Starro.
Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Mike Sekowsky, Starro the Conqueror first appeared in The brave and the daring #28 in 1960 and was the first villain to take on the original Justice League of America. The character made his live-action film debut in James Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad, which was set in the DC Extended Universe. The DCEU version of Starro is able to grow larger and more powerful based on how many people he has possessed at once. The character was killed off in the film by the remaining members of the Suicide Squad, including Bloodsport, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, and Ratcatcher 2.
Batman and Superman: The Battle of the Super Sons was announced at DC Fandome in October 2021 and will be the first installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line to use CGI. Jon Kent and Damian Wayne are supposed to be the titular super sons, who must join forces in the film to save the planet. The BBFC also revealed that the film will star Jack Dylan Grazer, Jack Griffo and Laura Bailey, but it’s unclear at this time who the actors will be playing.
The DC Universe Animated Original Movies have been a consistent performer for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment since its inception in 2007 with the release of Superman: Judgment Day. The series has been well received by fans and critics. In addition to Battle of the Super Sonsupcoming movies in the series include Green Lantern: Beware of my powerwhich takes place in the same animated shared universe that began with the 2020s Superman: the man of tomorrowand an untitled Milestone Media film, featuring characters from the comic imprint.
Batman and Superman: The Battle of the Super Sons doesn’t have an exact release date yet but is slated for release this fall.