In the world of LEGO, Batman has to save the city, defeat the bad guys and handle the hyper-excited son he has adopted.
Well before the opening credits, The LEGO Batman Movie starts taking pot-shots at the superhero genre, the studios, the audience and even the generic way most movies begin - it’s meta that way. But this sets the tone early and as you enter the world of Lego Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, you know how it will turn out. The jokes fall thick and fast, and although not all of them land, you marvel at the writing when they do.
The movie is a fan boy’s delight, incorporating villains completely unconnected to the Batman universe like Sauron, King Kong, Lord Voldemort, Agent Smith and even the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz! While it primarily mocks 'The Dark Knight', it does incorporate the most brilliant and awful parts from the entire superhero movie history. Story wise, it’s quite straightforward. The movie starts three years after Batman saved the Lego Universe, with the caped crusader brooding and fighting villains. When he tells The Joker that he isn’t his biggest arch-enemy, the super-villain gets super-cheesed off and plans the biggest revenge on Batman. At the same time, Batman is planning to do away with The Joker for good and plans to put him in the Phantom Zone. Along the way, he adopts a son Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), who he has to turn into Robin. His plan doesn’t work out and now he has to convince some of the bad guys, who feel left out, to help him fight The Joker.
The movie does get heavy during the middle, but if you’re a fan of its previous outing, you will patiently chuckle and wait for the goodies. And yes, there is a song and dance number at the end, which still continues to mock the brawny superhero and the genre he represents.