LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite [Blu-ray] (2013)

For fans tired of the R rated animated Batman films, DC and Warner team up with Lego (who takes a break from the awful “Ninjago” series) to deliver a G rated Batman adventure the entire family can enjoy! Based on the hit video game, Lego pays homage to many of the Batman tropes with a fun crossing of superheroes and supervillains for the fate of Gotham and the world. Lex Luthor and the Joker team up to take down Batman and Superman, when a robbery at a local awards dinner goes awry for the Joker and his team of super villains. Lex takes the opportunity to join forces with the evil Clown, as Batman learns the meaning of team work through his young ward, Robin, who encourages the Dark Knight to call for back up at every opportunity. Batman, of course, shies away from any and all help, even when in danger.

Superman is always happy to lend a hand, and even refers to himself in the third person. That’s forgiven though since Superman in Lego form is just excellence. The Lego creators allow for some fun liberties with the characters this time around as the Joker is non-violent, the Catwoman non-sexual, and heck, even Two Face holds his victims hostage with random objects like chickens and bananas. The Lego movie chooses to take on various Batman elements, creating a Lego-centric opening similar to Tim Burton’s “Batman,” while Catwoman sounds an awful lot like Eartha Kitt’s feline femme. Travis Willingham does a solid job as the Man of Steel, while Troy Baker pulls in a good performance as Batman.

He offers his own take while calling back to Kevin Conroy. Clancy Brown reprises the Lex Luthor role with great charisma, and he’s a welcome return to the Superman mythos. “Lego Batman” is a fairly simple and straight forward animated movie, filled with gorgeous and sleek computer animation that brings the Lego world to life. Like many movies from Lego, “Lego Batman” is a short and simple Batman adventure, that teaches about the value of friendship and team work. Kids will love the appearance of many DC superheroes, while Warner offers a nice break from their adult and violent series of animated films featuring the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Lego knows how to bring fans installments of their block world with great fan fare, I just wish “Ninjago” was this entertaining.

The “Lego Batman” Set features a wonderful collectible Superman Lego figure, packaged, as well as a DVD version of the movie. The Blu-Ray features a fifteen minute “Building Batman” with Stop Motion animator Garrett Barati giving a tour of the Lego studio. “Winning Shorts: DCU Video Contest” is a fifteen minute animated short with the second to fifth place runner ups also available for viewing. “From the DC Comics Vault” is an hour long series of additional episode sfrom “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” and “Teen Titans.”


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