Movie Review: The LEGO Batman Movie (Warner)

Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman. With much anticipation, the LEGO Batman Movie has finally arrived in theaters. And man is it awesome! The […]

Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

With much anticipation, the LEGO Batman Movie has finally arrived in theaters. And man is it awesome!

The LEGO Batman Movie is a spin-off of the highly successful 2014 The LEGO Movie. In that film, Will Arnett first voiced Batman. He did a great job and now Warner Bros gave him his own movie.

The plot mainly deals with the fact about how much a loner Batman is. It opens with a sequence where Batman tells Joker he’s not that important to him. The Joker is looking for a stronger bond between them, but Batman isn’t having any of it. It’s interesting because people have been analyzing the relationship between Batman and the Joker for years. Saying one can not exist without the other. But I digress. 

After the Joker’s caper is foiled, Bruce Wayne goes to a party where he meets the new commissioner of police for Gotham City, Barbara Gordon. Barbara wants Batman to have a closer relationship with the police, and of course, Batman is having none of that. While that was going on, somehow Bruce Wayne ended up adopting the orphan Dick Grayson. 

Joker feeling like a jilted ex decides to get revenge on Batman one and for all. This leads to the destruction of Gotham City. Can Batman save the city and stop being emotionally shut off? Well, you’ll just have to see the movie to figure that out.

Like I said above, this film was awesome. It has the same type of humor that was in the LEGO movie. Almost like a kid was just playing with his toys. I personally loved when the characters were firing guns because they were making the “Pew, pew” sound. Hilarious. 

Arnett was great as Batman again. He definitely adds to the character. Zach Galifianakis plays the Joker. It’s a different type of Joker than we are used to. Not as silly. He really plays it like a jilted ex. It’s sad and funny at the same time. Ralph Fiennes plays Alfred and does a great job at it. Micheal Cera is Dick Grayson. A kid so desperate for a family and is willing do anything to get that approval from his new dad Batman. And Rosario Dawson plays the “straight guy” in all this silliness. 

The creators of this were huge Adam West and Burt Ward fans. It so shows in the film. But it works! And then there’s the Easter Eggs. Like the fact they got Billy Dee Williams to play Two-Face. In the Tim Burton Batman film in 1989, Burton cast Williams as Harvey Dent. Dent would eventually go on to become Two-Face. Burton never really got a chance to do that, so to have Williams as Two-Face was just brilliant. 

You have to see this film. Don’t believe me? Then check out what my 4-year-old son Sean thought of it:

How can you argue with that endorsement?

Seriously, this is just a great film for all ages. Family or not. Comic book fan or not. This is just a fun flick that you can’t afford to miss.

The LEGO Batman Movies is playing in theaters now!

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.