From Batman battling Superman to talking animal detectives to the return of superhero TV shows, there’s so much that kids will want to watch and play in the month of March. Each month, we round up the hottest, most talked-about releases, and provide you with a guide on whether they’re right for you and your family. We also link you to the Wikia Parent Page for each, authored by superfans to provide the most important information parents need to make smart decisions for their children.
Check out what’s hot in TV, movies, and games this March and decide what’s appropriate for your family to watch together.
Hot New Blockbusters
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Mar. 25) – Ages 12 and up
This month’s biggest movie release pits the biggest DC Comics heroes personally against each other just as Earth faces a new threat. As a sequel to 2013’s hit Man of Steel, Batman v Superman is sure to feature intense action and violence that may be too much for young kids.
Allegiant (The Divergent Series) (Mar. 18) – Ages 14 and up
In this first of a two-part finale to the Divergent movie series, Tris and Four venture outside their city to discover that their lives and factions were not what they thought. Allegiant will likely be as violent as the previous movies, and may include cursing and heated romantic scenes.
Zootopia (Out now) – Ages 6 and up
This adorable crime-solving buddy movie features animals interacting in a people-free world of their own. The movie is sweet but tackles some tougher social issues like tolerance and dangerous stereotypes.
The Little Prince (Mar. 18) – Ages 5 and up
A 3D film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s book is a critical hit, starring great vocal talent like Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Paul Rudd. While it’s rated PG, it’s sure to be a charming film suitable for nearly all ages.
New Game Releases
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Mar. 4) – Age 12 and up
Usually, many Nintendo-made games and, in particular, Zelda games are very kid friendly, but Twilight Princess is definitely a bit darker and possibly more frightening than those other titles. This HD reissue of the old GameCube and Wii game features heavier themes and violence that might be scary for young gamers.
Tom Clancy’s The Division (Mar. 8) – Ages 15 and up
A plague has overtaken New York City, and the city descends into chaos. You’re a soldier in a military peace-keeping group The Division, brought in to restore order. While a smart, strategic game that includes RPG and co-op play elements, it depicts strong violence and cursing. Leave this game to older teens.
Hitman (Mar. 11) – Ages 16 and up
This is an exciting new entry in the long-running Hitman series in that Square Enix is creating an episodic game around Agent 47, putting the emphasis even more on story than the simple act of offing your target. But let’s be real; this is a game about killing people (sometimes gruesomely) for a living. This title has well earned its mature rating.
Mortal Kombat XL (Mar. 1) – Ages 16 and up
This deluxe version of last year’s critically-acclaimed Mortal Kombat X includes expansion pack content and new gameplay. It also brags to have “the most brutal Kombat experience ever.” For grown-ups, it may be a wildly fun, brutal fighting game, but no one younger than older teens need apply.
Hit TV Shows Returning
Once Upon a Time (Mar. 6) – Ages 9 and up
This super popular show celebrates its 100th episode when it from its Season 5 midseason break, taking Emma and crew into the Underworld to find Hook. At its worst, OUaT features dramatic storylines and violence with a bit of mild language, but overall it’s a show that is safe for tween kids and will appeal to even the adults.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Mar. 8) – Ages 12 and up
The Marvel Cinematic Universe extends from movie screens to TV screens and back, so fans of the Avengers/Iron Man/Captain America movies will want to tune into S.H.I.E.L.D. But tweens and teens who are fans of those movies will easily handle the action and romantic liaisons. That said, this show isn’t great for young kids or younger tweens.
House of Cards (Mar. 4) – Ages 16 and up
The incredibly addictive Netflix series that follows conniving Frank Underwood along his back-stabbing path to becoming President will definitely give you an entertaining civics lesson on what it takes to succeed in modern politics, but it’s not one for the kids’ textbooks. In being about the darker side of politics, the show includes cursing, nudity and sexual situations, and even violence and murder. It may be one of the most talked-about shows going right now, but it’s best for older viewers.
Daredevil (Mar. 18) – Ages 15 and up
Kids seeking a family-friendly superhero show shouldn’t be looking at Daredevil. The show is a fantastic adaptation of the classic comic series that follows blind Matt Murdock who uses his other heightened senses and supreme fighting speed to battle criminals, but it’s also graphically violent, even gory. With so many other safer comics-based shows on TV like Supergirl and The Flash, you should hold off to watch this one after the kids are in bed.
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