Batman is awesome. There’s no doubt about it, and “The LEGO Batman Movie” will never let you forget that. He has nine-pack abs, an army of super-cool rides, a tricked-out batcave and a signal Gotham City uses to summon him to duty. But the Caped Crusader is a loner; he works alone and lives alone except with his trusted butler Alfred. But this take on the classic comic book hero shakes off the darkness brick by brick with a bit of everything of those young and old.
The animated action-comedy starts off with a lot of the shtick that made 2014’s “The LEGO Movie” so successful – with Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) matter-of-factly saving Gotham from doom as the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and his merry band of villains. But that’s where it changes – Batman admits that the Joker is not his biggest enemy. In fact, Batman has absolutely no one to hate or love.
Holy LEGO bricks, Batman! “The LEGO Batman Movie” constructs a fun follow-up to 2014’s breakout hit, “The LEGO Movie.” It’s awesome, but not quite as awesome as the original.
However, the animated film makes a surprisingly good Batman movie, delving deep behind the cowl of one of the most popular superheroes of all time.
“The LEGO Batman Movie” is built around the original’s standout character, LEGO Batman, the vigilante voiced to gravelly perfection by Will Arnett. When Batman once again saves Gotham City from its many villains, the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) pushes the Caped Crusader to admit that the Clown Prince is his biggest nemesis. But Batman refuses to acknowledge this, proclaiming he doesn’t care about anyone. He prefers to work alone, even refusing to team up with Gotham City’s tough new police commissioner, the strong-willed Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson).
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