Quick DVD Review – ‘LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

In these unprecedented times – please keep safe – I’ve had a chance to revisit a movie I purchased on DVD back in 2014 after seeing ‘The LEGO Movie’ at the cinema. ‘LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite’ has been an intriguing film to see and it isn’t like ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ at all.

For one thing, ‘LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite’ is based on a video game called ‘LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes’. I don’t know why they didn’t base it on the first ‘LEGO Batman’ videogame, but whatever. This film has cut-scenes from the video game as well as some new scenes.

The movie also features the same actors who provided the voices of the characters from the ‘LEGO Batman 2’ video game. This includes Troy Baker as Batman, Travis Willingham as Superman, Christopher Corey Smith as the Joker, Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor and Charlie Schlatter as Robin. The voice cast for ‘LEGO Batman: The Movie’ is pretty good and matches the film’s style and tone well. 🙂

Going back to my point about the movie not being like ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ from 2017 which I saw at cinemas, I say that because the film isn’t a zany comedy film like its cinematic counterpart. In fact, ‘LEGO Batman: The Movie’ feels like a proper ‘Batman’ story with few comic elements included.

There are also echoes of the original 1989 ‘Batman’ film and the 1978 ‘Superman: The Movie’ featured in the film. This is especially as the familiar Danny Elfman music from the 1989 ‘Batman’ film gets played in the film’s opening credits. John Williams’ Superman theme also gets played here.

In the film, Lex Luthor attempts to team-up with the insane Joker in order to be elected as the next President of America, I believe. Batman and Robin attempt to stop the menace of Lex Luthor and the Joker with the gradual help of Superman himself and the rest of the Justice League members in this.

It was fun to watch this film where Batman tries to cope on his own despite Robin helping him and he gets annoyed when Superman spoils his fun. It was also fun when Batman and Superman work together for a bit before Justice League members like Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern help out. I feel this would be a better DC superhero movie than some of the live-action ones.

Clancy Brown is no stranger to voicing Lex Luthor. In fact, he voiced the character in many DC animated projects like ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ and voiced him in ‘The Batman Superman Movie’. I’m pretty surprised Clancy Brown hasn’t been cast to play Lex Luthor in a live-action film. 😀

Christopher Corey Smith’s Joker in this movie is insane. I love it when he does that maniacal laugh, especially when he makes an entrance and when he foils Batman after dismantling the Batmobile. 🙂 I also like how the film presents the Joker as being treacherous, especially once he backstabs Lex Luthor here.

I enjoyed how Superman can be cocky and self-confident in offering help to Batman who clearly doesn’t want him around. I would’ve liked that relationship to be seen in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. In fact, I’m sure this ‘LEGO Batman’ movie is far better than ‘Batman v Superman’.

Other characters featured in this film include Batman villains like Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Bane, the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman. Like the 2017 ‘LEGO Batman Movie’, they don’t have major roles, though I do think they get more dialogue. Catwoman clearly talks more in this movie. 😀

I’m surprised Aquaman didn’t make an appearance along with the other Justice League members like Cyborg, the Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. I’ve also discovered that there was another Robin after Dick Grayson which happens to be Tim Drake. Tim Drake is the Robin in this film.

Still, the Justice League team-up in this film feels better than the Justice League team-up in the 2017 ‘Justice League’ film. Incidentally, the film is directed by Jon Burton, who could’ve been related to Tim Burton since they both have similar surnames. 😀 This film also has Batman up against sharks. 😀

Overall, ‘LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite’ has been an enjoyable film to watch and relax to in about 70 minutes or so. It’s not exactly thrilling and zany like ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ from 2017, but I’m really happy to have seen it. It’s harmless ‘LEGO Batman’ fun for everyone!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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