Lego Batman builds franchise to new heights


DC Entertainment

“The Lego Batman Movie,” released Feb. 7, explores the lives of well-known superheroes and villains as Legos. This new film, while incredibly humorous, also teaches numerous life lessons.

Brianna Payne, Reviews Editor

After the release of “The Lego Movie” in 2014, children and Lego enthusiasts grew eager for more like this comical action-adventure film. Producers of the movie responded positively to the popular request with the release of the newest Lego inspired film, “The Lego Batman Movie.” This hilarious mockery of the classic Batman character makes for an excellent movie with a plethora of comedic opportunities.

Incorporating all members of the Justice League and all villains included in DC Comics, this film showcases each individual and extraordinary character in Lego form. This Lego land is based in Gotham City, home of millionaire Bruce Wayne and alter-ego Batman. Every inch of Gotham is made purely of Legos and built on what seems to be a table in a child’s bedroom.  

The movie begins with the Joker and the rest of his villainous squad, once again attempting to take over Gotham City by placing a bomb at the center of the city, knowing Batman will come and defuse it. When Batman arrives to save the Lego people, the Joker tauntingly imposes a dilemma: defuse the bomb and save Gotham City or catch the nemesis he has tirelessly battled for decades. Batman blatantly expresses to The Joker how little their rivalry means to him, seriously damaging the Joker’s ego and crushing his feelings.

This doesn’t take too well to the Joker and he devises another plan to attract Batman’s attention. He and his criminal gang of bad guys plan to crash the city’s famous winter gala, honoring the retirement of police commissioner Gordon who passes his title to his daughter Barbara. There, the Joker intends to turn himself into the police as well as the rest of villains to spite Batman.

Bruce attends this gala after having to be coerced by his butler Alfred who always ensures Bruce’s appearance at important events. Once inside he is almost immediately struck by Barbara’s looks.  At the same time he is approached by an orphan boy named Richard who desperately desires to be adopted and have a father figure. Completely captivated by the new police chief, Bruce unknowingly agrees to adopting Richard and has no recollection of it.

After the villains turn themselves into the police, Batman begins to feel useless as he is no longer needed to save the city. Barbara takes this as a serious win for her first day as police chief in the most crime-ridden city around. As time goes by, Bruce finds Richard has been living in his mansion since their agreement at the gala. While at first he is hostile and reluctant to start a new family after losing his own, he eventually grows fond of the orphan that reminds Bruce of himself.

Soon enough, Richard becomes Batman’s sidekick, Robin, working together to steal the Phantom Projector to send the Joker into the Phantom Zone, a place where the most devious villains are sent. Once the Joker is projected, he convinces the worst bad guys ever to exist to escape the Phantom Zone and destroy Gotham.

This film has a fantastic storyline due to the numerous life lessons to be learned along the way and laughs throughout every scene. The 3D computer animation used to create this film is absolutely astonishing as the Legos seem extremely life-like with actual human emotions.

Batman’s character, probably the most comical part of this film, has a signature throaty voice and hugely hilarious ego. The movie makes light of the loss of his parents by playing sad music to express each intentionally dramatic moment. What makes his character most hilarious is Batman’s continuous self-pride and his “do-it-myself” attitude that he constantly tries to uphold.

Near the end of the movie, Batman, and his daytime identity Bruce, learns to combat his solo attitude and work as a team with Alfred, Barbara, and Robin to defeat the villains. He realizes he does have a family after all and just because he was orphaned as a child, does not mean he will be abandoned again. “The Lego Batman Movie” is appropriate for all ages, as it is rated PG and is amusing to all audiences.

Besides the moral lessons dispersed throughout, this film is packed with action and adventure that leaves the audience engrossed in what will come next.The thrills and comedic relief scattered throughout this film are plentiful but balanced with a few heart-wrenching moments.

One thing is for sure, “The Lego Batman Movie” is comical and cleverly written, appealing to even the most prestigious of Batman fans. This film has certainly laid the building blocks for more Lego movies to come.