Will this new movie be the Dark Knight, rising to repair Batman’s damaged reputation?
After Batman Vs Superman, the hero we need might come from an unlikely source. After the enormous success of The LEGO Movie, which was really a wonderfully produced advertisement for the little blocks (but who cares), there had to be a follow up.
The LEGO Batman is up. “Drop Mic”.The Lego Batman. Source: Warner Bros
The LEGO Batman was introduced with a cameo role in The LEGO Movie.
He’s a naturally dark, damaged, heavy metal loving guy. The grizzly voice stereotype found itself in full force, accompanied by an awesome car – and plane for that matter.
But as a side character he was pretty one-dimensional.
As enjoyable as he was to watch for the brief screen-time he held, LEGO Batman lacked far too much depth to take centre stage. I loved The LEGO Movie but it will require some creative scripting to make this new film engaging beyond a few entertaining scenes.
Let’s compare Batman’s one-dimensionality to other children’s movies to gain a better understanding.
Usually, the main character is an emotionally multi-layered person, someone the young audience can both relate to, and aspire to be. In The LEGO Movie this was perfectly executed by a slightly bumbling but brave, average but unique LEGO man. Everyone as a child is able to relate to that on some level.The Lego Movie. Source: Warner Bros
I was hoping to see evidence of how the producers have dealt with that, but the trailer seems incredibly focussed on The LEGO Batman apart from one scene, where almost every member of The Justice League is present. You can see Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, The Green Lantern, Aquaman, Green Arrow and more.The LEGO Batman with The Justice League characters. Source: Warner Bros
I’m dearly hoping they can make this a success, as I think the LEGO movies provide film-makers a lot of creative opportunities. But can this be as emotionally engaging and funny as The LEGO movie? I’m not convinced, but what do you think?