The Lego Batman Movie DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Review
From its origins of making Lego products that are film based through to reversing it with films made from Lego versions, this whole Hollywood Lego partnership has certainly become a huge success. The Lego Movie was brilliantly funny and did a wonderful job of straddling the kids and adult cinema markets with the use of clever multi-layered humour. The Lego Batman Movie uses the same winning formula to bring huge laughs throughout its hundred odd minutes.

Will Arnett is spectacular as Batman and for a film like this that due to its heavy reliance on comedy instead of action, his ability to deliver the funny lines with a wonderful level of deadpan is brilliant. This is a film that doesn’t tare itself seriously and hence there are no elements of the Batman legacy are safe. Infact in the film Batman's line in the beginning action scene, "You want to get nuts? Let's get nuts!" is a reference to the 1989 Batman movie where Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne says this line to the Joker.

From the moment it starts with Batman narrating the opening credits you get the feeling you’re in for a very funny time. It sure doesn’t stop there and it continues on for the whole movie with no down times. It references all of the previous incarnations of Batman and plays heavily on Batman trying to be a lone wolf. Some of my favourite scenes revolves around him sitting at home alone watching romantic comedies…

This is a film that makes me struggle to pick my favourite parts as there are so many great moments and there are stackloads of laughs and for once I might even say a film full of lols. I am not alone in regards to loving this film. Morgan Freeman, who appeared in the Dark Knight trilogy and The Lego Movie, said that "The Lego Movie's" "Batman" is his favorite incarnation of the character.

The Verdict
One of the all time funniest films that I have seen. Full to the brim with great lols

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 5th July 2017
Rating: PG - Contains violence
Duration: 104 minutes 
Genre:  Animated
Starring: Jenny Slate, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Chris McKay (2wks,1yr)

The Extras

Billy Dee Williams voices the nefarious Two-Face in this movie. Williams had previously portrayed Two-Face's "good" alter ego, Harvey Dent, in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). He was very eager to also portray Two-Face but did not get the chance to, due to Joel Schumacher taking over the franchise with Batman Forever (1995) and recasting the role with Tommy Lee Jones.

Batman's crazy laugh is actually voiced by the director, Chris McKay. It was originally a placeholder before Will Arnett's laugh was to be put in, but never ended up being changed.

The week of the film's theatrical release, The CW network aired commercials featuring Lego versions of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, voiced by Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, respectively.

In early casting, Guillermo del Toro and Steve Buscemi were the front runners for voicing Bane and The Joker, respectively.

Villains in the Phantom Zone include King Kong, Lord Voldemort, The Kraken and Medusa (from Clash of the Titans (1981)), Gremlins, The Wicked Witch of the West and Flying Monkeys (from The Wizard of Oz (1939)), Daleks (from Doctor Who), Velociraptors and the Tyrannosaurus Rex (from Jurassic Park (1993)), Sauron (from the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)), Agent Smith (from The Matrix (1999)), The Shark (from Jaws (1975)), Lord Vampyre, The Mummy and the Swamp Creature (from Lego Monster Fighters), and the Skeleton Warriors (from Jason and the Argonauts (1963)).