Will Arnett on His Favorite Villains in 'The LEGO Batman Movie'
Feb 09 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
While the original characters add a unique dimension to the story The Lego Batman Movie falls short in plot, lacking the same originality in its conflicts - Batman trying to save his city from the Joker - as in its characters. Recent portrayals have refused to let the orphan-turned-superhero be anything but dark, stormy and brooding.
The LegoBatmanmovie is one that will please children and adults alike. His only companion is his computer voice (voiced by Siri, of course!) His loyal butler, Alfred (a silken-toned Ralph Fiennes) has left some Lobster Thermidor to heat up in the microwave.
A more safe or cash-grabby film would have relied on bringing back Chris Pratt's Emmett for a leading role in the follow-up, but the team here is so committed to the purity of the joke ("What if we made a "Batman" movie out of Legos?") that they protectively avoid anything that would detract from it. The torrent of gags commences in the opening credits, with a nudge-nudge voiceover from our gravel-throated Batman. In contrast, The Lego Batman Movie and Lego Batman seem to have gotten it right much faster.
It's been three years since audiences first experienced a digital LEGO adventure on the big screen. Warner Bros has dropped the first full trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie with the legendary Jackie Chan as Sensei Wu.
I'm personally not a huge Batman or DC fan, but I still appreciated references to every (yes, every) Batmanmovie and TV show of the past 50 years, and I'm sure there are references I missed that more knowledgable fans will enjoy.
Charlie Bean is making his feature film directorial debut with The LEGO Ninjago Movie from a screenplay written by Hilary Winston, Bob Logan, and Paul Fisher. With time and skill, Lego users could theoretically recreate The Lego Batman Movie at home - there's some imaginative merit to that.
The movie lacks the heart that the 2014 Lego film had. "The Lego Batman Movie" keeps the hope for both DC Comics and the Lego Cinematic Universe alive in flying colors, but mostly that of black and yellow. Supporting characters Robin and Barbara Gordon, voiced by Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson respectively, round out the humor of the movie in comical fashion. The arch-villain is intent on showing Batman that he, the Joker, is his greatest adversary. The villain is so hurt by Batman's refusal to admit the Joker is his biggest arch-enemy (that honor goes to Superman; see "Dawn of Justice") that he turns himself in and gets all of his fellow evildoers (The Riddler, Bane, Scarecrow, Two-Face) voluntarily committed to Arkham Asylum. So when the film was a monster hit at the worldwide box office, it was no surprise that Warner Bros. moved ahead with a number of different types of sequels.