I’m not quite sure what it says about Batman, but it seems telling that this film, a parody of Batman, was in fact the best movie with Batman in it since The Dark Knight. The movie mocks Batman and Warner Bros. at every turn. At the start of the movie, some rando is commenting on the Joker’s plans from previous movies and Killer Croc yells with glee, “I DID SOMETHING!” Oops, spoilers for Suicide Squad, I guess. The film comments on Batman going through “phases” by referencing the different movies, and I laughed out loud at the fact that for Batman and Robin, they show a screenshot of Bat-nipples, and for the ’66 TV show, they show Adam West Dancing. They even have some not-so-subtle, not-so-friendly jabs at DC and Marvel. Oh, and the soundtrack’s pretty cool, too.
Because of its tone, the film is able get Batman really right. He’s narcissistic, he refuses to let others in, and he’s afraid to commit. The film never says “Batman’s parents are dead,” but it shows that he wants to have a family but is afraid of it at the same time, which is why he prefers to work alone. The movie’s message is that teamwork is good, not being alone is good, and anyone can be family. Through the movie, you see Batman fight it by exploiting others and fighting any positive emotions he has towards others. The movie even comments on the fact that Batman really is not a good person. On top of that, this film looks at the relationship between Batman and Joker better than Dark Knight or Batman ’89.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. The comedy and the script are great. The message is good for everyone. Will Arnett is pretty great as a spoof Batman. All of the main voice cast does well, actually. The animation is CRAZY. It still blows me away that they can animate stop-motion toys. This one gets a solid 8/10 from me. Not every joke landed, the message was a bit on-the-nose, and Ralph Fiennes did not voice Lego Voldemort on top of Lego Alfred. Yes, Voldemort was in the Lego Batman movie.