In the golden age of comics, two men, named Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with their own comic book series inspired by Dracula, Zorro, and The Shadow as a response to Superman’s growing popularity, they wrote Detective Comics # 27 featuring a man dressed as a bat who fights crime at night under the name “The Batman.” As each decade went on & on, the character became a global icon along with his sidekick Robin, his arch nemesis The Joker, & many other superheroes from D.C. Comics associated with him like Superman, Wonder Woman, & the superhero team Justice League.
From the 1960’s to the present day, Batman went through changes reflecting the era of comic book ages this includes “Silver Age,” (the space era) “Bronze Age,” (the darker & edgier side) “Modern Age,” (present day inspired by the Bronze Age but in a more realistic atmosphere)
Many actors like Adam West, Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Will Arnett, & Ben Affleck portrayed The Caped Crusader in film, TV, and animation boosting the character’s iconic status for generations similar to James Bond’s growing legacy.
The Batman mythos was resurrected on the big screen as an academy award winning trilogy written & directed by Christopher Nolan (also directed Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar & the upcoming Dunkirk film) which became one of the best film trilogies of all time most notably the late Heath Ledger winning an Oscar for his performance as The Joker.
If you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Trilogy, I strongly recommend it, you’re gonna be very satisfied, it is worth a buy for mega fans of Batman.
And another tip for those who haven’t seen The Lego Movie, it’s also a must see film for kids & families because Batman is in it. After The Lego Movie was a successful hit, Warner Bros. Animation began to work on developing potential spin-offs and an upcoming sequel, starting with The Lego Batman Movie with Will Arnett reprising his role as The Caped Crusader.
Time to establish what’s good and what’s bad about The Lego Batman Movie, just to see if it’s the best Batman movie/DC related movie since The Dark Knight Rises.
By the way this is SPOILER FREE, if you haven’t got a chance to see this particular picture.
Excellent & Flawed Elements
Excellent: This film is a parody of Batman portraying him as a man child who refuses to take responsibility as a father figure to Robin.
The Story wasn’t boring from beginning, middle, & end. It manged to keep me entertained throughout.
Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson & Ralph Fiennes all did fantastic job as their characters.
Fun Fact: Rosario was also involved in comic book adaptations including Frank Miller’s Sin City, Netflix’s Daredevil & Luke Cage.
Virtual Assistant, Siri (known for Apple products) provided the voice of The Batcomputer.
Character Development of Batman was written carefully to avoid going into George Clooney’s Batman territory. By the way, the movie did a jab at Clooney’s outfit.
If you’re a lifelong Batman fan like me, you’re gonna get a lot of inside jokes related to the previous films, animated 90’s series, video games, etc.
Producers of the film stated that The Lego Batman Movie is influenced by spoof movies such as Airplane & The Naken Gun series not the god awful spoof movies by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer.
Batman’s familar Batsuits are in shown in The Batcave. Make sure you have good eagle eyes to find the suit from Batman Beyond.
Batman made a reference to Fox Force Five. I’ll give you a hint, it’s the name of Uma Thurman’s character’s failed pilot series.
The Comedy felt appropriate as a spoof. It has a chunk of well written witty dialogue just like The Lego Movie. One joke managed to get away without parents raising any eyebrows.
Batman did a jab at a character from Marvel Comics.
Members of Justice League make appearances.
The Animation felt organic in a flawless way, didn’t spot any errors.
If you remember the trailer with Alfred commenting on Batman going through “phases,” he mentioned years ranging from 1966 to 2016, meaning that all of Batman’s previous adventures depicted in the 1960’s Adam West film/television series, Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher’s Batman series, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy & Batman Vs. Superman are canon to Lego Batman.
Non Batman/D.C. characters are in this movie. I won’t give it away if you haven’t seen it.
Action Sequences of Batman fighting his enemies never felt this epic since Ben Affleck’s Batman fighting in the warehouse full of thugs in Batman Vs. Superman.
Flaws: At first Batman falls in love with Batgirl, as the film progresses, they didn’t go overboard with an established relationship. I’m glad they didn’t kiss, because it brings back that controversial scene from animated film The Killing Joke. I’ll give this a pass. If they really kiss, I would’ve Tripled Down this flaw.
I didn’t spot anything negative in this movie. I’ll give this the people behind this movie an Extra Point for making a flawless project as possible.
Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Like it’s predecessor The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie is on the Apex Rank. This is perhaps the best Batman film since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.
This movie is a must see film and a possible contender for movie of the year, but we shall see because this is just the beginning of 2017 to find out which motion picture is superior. It won’t be long til’ Wonder Woman & Justice League come out. Who knows if critics and fans will actually appreciate DC Films. I hope Warner Bros. will learn from their mistakes.