LEGO Batman Movie has a shout-out for all fandoms and nerds and it’s full of DC and fandom references for parents and kids alike. I was invited by Warner Bro’s to attend the pre-screening event in Albuquerque, NM yesterday and let me tell you, it was Freakin’ Awesome!! Awesome to to a level that will make die hard geeks squeal with delight and is undoubtedly going to create many new, young fans for DC. I took Oliver as my date and we both loved the whole experience, but rest assured, as much as it is for the kids, you parents are going to have plenty to laugh at.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.
There may be spoilers ahead! No bitching! You’ve been warned!
SO in true Warner Bro’s style and following the Lego Movie tradition, where we were first introduced to lovable a$$-hole Batman (Will Arnet) in the medium of tiny plastic bricks – the LEGO Batman Movie is every fandoms dream. It opens with our hero being moody, brooding, and awesome as he saves Gotham from the likes of every super villain down to Condiment Man (to quote the movie, “it’s worth the Google”) led by none other than the Joker (Zack Galafanakis). Joker and Batman share a moment of heartbreak when Batman declares he doesn’t really have a bad guy (he likes to fight around!) Brokenhearted Joker devises a plan to release all the Bad Guys from the Phantom Realm to destroy Batman and Gotham City.
Mean while, Batman accidentally adopts Dick Grayson (Robin) while in the stupor of infatuation with the new Commissioner Gordon and cue the hilarity of a family dynamic. The parenting hilarity that ensues from Alfred/Batman/Robin is pretty damned accurate and I was laughing out loud at their parenting struggles and re-evaluating my position to make sure I’m not the Batman of the parents (I’m not) and mentally noting which kid is doe-eyed Robin.
Back to the Bad Guys and rejoicing of fandoms everywhere. Once Joker succeeds in his plan, we are joined by LEGO Villains such as Voldemort, The Eye of Sauron, Godzilla, The Wicked Witch and more that I can’t even begin to describe the giddiness of my inner GEEK. And if you’re not a geek of epic proportions, the characters will instruct you to “Ask your nerd friends,” – to quote Alfred dressed at 1960’s Batman in LEGO.
This truly is a masterpiece for both Master Builders and Comic Fans. You’re going to love the Batman group of unrelated associates that fight crime together (the, family), the direct Justice League burn and so many Geek references you will need google.
Oh, and the kid enjoyed it too. Seriously though, it’s packed with action, and crime fighting, and a couple subtle butt jokes that had my 7 year old rolling. We love Batman, because he’s an attainable superhero. You can very well be Batman without radiation, spiderbit and other weird shit that turns you heroic, so combine the BEST super hero ever and the BEST toy ever – you can’t go wrong. Way to go Warner Brothers. Slam Dunk.
LEGO Batman Movie is opening in theaters on February 10th 2017. Grab your partner in crime and make a date to see #LEGOBatmanMovie – in theaters FRIDAY http://tickets.