These days, superhero films seem to be failing to spark joy at nearly every turn, with big-budget films such as The Flash and Black Adam bombing at the box office in historic fashion as Disney plans to scale back their sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One film, 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie, manages to be an enjoyable, family-friendly romp with high laughs and major emotional pull, marking it one of the best superhero films of the last decade. The Lego Batman Movie is currently available to stream on Peacock.
Though the film is largely overlooked by comic book fans due to its child-friendly nature and unserious presentation, The Lego Batman Movie functions as an incredible superhero film while managing to bring a ton of laughs and lots of heart to the big screen.
The computer-animated film was produced by the legendary comedy duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who previously collaborated on smash hit films, including 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. The film was written and directed by Renfield and The Tomorrow War filmmaker Chris McKay.
After the massive success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. announced a slew of spinoff films that would focus on more Lego properties teased within the first movie, including Lego Batman, who appeared in The Lego Movie voiced by Will Arnett.
The Lego Batman Movie was a massive critical and financial success, grossing over $312 million at the worldwide box office against an estimated production budget of $80 million.
The Lego Batman Movie was the first film to follow up the massive brick-centric hit, premiering in Dublin, Ireland, on January 29, 2017. Though Warner Bros. had initially planned to produce a number of additional spinoffs with Lego properties in the following years, hope for a Lego Batman Movie sequel seemed to be squashed in 2018 when Lego signed an exclusive deal with Universal Pictures.
This is especially disheartening as director Chris McKay has outlined his plans for a Lego Batman Movie sequel, which would entail bringing a host of other DC icons such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman into the mix. For now, The Lego Batman Movie 2 is still listed as ‘in production’ on IMDb, though McKay claims the film will never be made due to the shifting politics of intellectual property ownership.
The film touts an all-star cast of returning stars from The Lego Movie and a number of high-profile celebrity voice cameos. The Lego Batman Movie stars Will Arnett as Batman, alongside Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Zach Galifianakis, Conan O’Brien, Zoë Kravitz, and Arnett’s former Arrested Development co-star Michael Cera.
The film also serves as the only feature-length movie that credits a voice role to Siri, the iPhone digital assistant, which was used to voice lines for the computer character aptly named ‘Puter.
The Lego Batman Movie centers on the computer-animated caped crusader as he attempts to protect Gotham City from a seemingly unstoppable crime wave.
Featuring Will Arnett as Batman, The Lego Batman Movie was a huge success, earning more money than The Flash.
Hilariously, the major point of contention between Batman and the Joker in this film functions more similarly to a romantic comedy than a run-of-the-mill superhero fight, as Batman hurts the Joker’s feelings by saying he doesn’t matter that much to him. The Joker’s feelings are so bruised, in fact, that the face-painted villain resolves to round up a team of Gotham’s mightiest criminals and turn them over to the police, including himself.
Before long, Batman finds himself with a complete loss of purpose, causing him to break into Arkham Asylum to confront the Joker in the Phantom Zone. As The Lego Batman Movie continues, a number of other Lego monsters and ghouls become unleashed from the Lego multiverse, leaving Batman to face off against villains from a number of popular franchises, including Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Jurassic Park, Gremlins, and more.
The Lego Batman Movie was a massive critical and financial success, grossing over $312 million at the worldwide box office against an estimated production budget of $80 million. The film currently holds a certified fresh critical score of 89 percent on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, with fans across the world still holding out hope that the sequel can eventually be made.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing the film, be sure to sit down with the family and stream The Lego Batman Movie on Peacock today.