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Old 02-16-2017, 10:24 PM
Dale Sams Dale Sams is offline
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Lego Batman...couple of observations...

Observations...easter eggs whatever. Good film btw. Fun.

Will Arnett as Batman. Not a stretch for his voice. In fact in 30 Rock, he and Jack would have gravel-voiced...jack offs. In a different scene Liz even imitates Jack and on the second sentence says, "Nope..I lost it. That was Batman."

Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.

Gremlins attack the Bat-plane by tearing up the wings.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:55 PM
Kamino Neko Kamino Neko is offline
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Arnett is actually reprising the role of Batman - he also played him in The Lego Movie.
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:14 PM
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The entire freaking film is Easter eggs. Which is one of the reasons I found it so annoying - they got the balance so right in the first film and completely overdid it in this one. Way too many characters, way too many in-jokes, very little plot other than "Batman is sad to be alone, but learns to work with others" (a message done much better in the straight-to-video "Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite").

I did enjoy the brief rundown of previous Batman incarnations though. And the recurring "Harvard for Police" joke.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:01 PM
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Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.
I haven't seen the movie yet (will probably wait for a $2 rental), but I love that Billy Dee Williams is Two-Face. Many - but not all - will recall that he played a pre-villainous Harvey Dent in the first Tim Burton Batman in 1989, but never got to play Dent as Two-Face.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:07 PM
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I'll probably watch it at home too, but watching the preview I did smile at the Batkayak.
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Old 02-17-2017, 04:15 PM
Uosdwis R. Dewoh Uosdwis R. Dewoh is offline
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So let me get this straight. They finally make a big budget animated Batman movie and who do they get to voice the Joker? Zach fucking Galifianakis. If there ever was a perfect moment to introduce Mark Hamill's Joker to wider audiences then this was it. I guess Zach Galifianakis is just too big of a box office draw to this movie's target audience: 6 to 12 year old boys.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:08 PM
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Hamill doesn't like doing the Joker voice anymore (it's very hard on his vocal cords, apparently). He only recently did The Killing Joke because he loves that story and long said it would be the only one he would return to do.

That and they are clearly going for a jokey vibe with the movie. I felt Galifianakis was perfect casting. What did disappoint me was that they had Ralph Fiennes as Alfred but didn't have him voice Voldemort (or even allude to it, such as by having a Alfred/Voldemort face-off). It's possible he's contractually blocked from portraying Voldemort in a non-Rowling approved script, or wasn't available (I saw a rumor he did his Alfred lines early and they couldn't get him back), oh well.

The movie was alright for me. All the best stuff (the Batman/meta humor) was at the start and contained in the myriad trailers. The second half of the movie peters out humor-wise and moved at such a rapid-fire pace that it didn't quite work for me - the whole "Batman learns to accept his new family" plot felt unearned and happened just because it had to happen.

Having Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face was great. I also liked having comic/animated-style Bane with Nolan-verse Bane's voice. And Catwoman MEOW MEOW.

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Old 02-17-2017, 08:11 PM
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As much as I love Mark Hamill as the Joker that would totally ruin the movie. This is not a Batman movie it's a Lego movie.

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Old 02-17-2017, 08:43 PM
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Lego Batman is the best Batman.

It's pure camp. And how could it not be. It's Lego. The major battles include the sea monster from Clash of the Titans, Sauron, and Voldemort!

This is not Ben Affleck or Christian Bale. This is Adam West having a bad day.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:14 PM
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The movie delivers what the trailer promises -- the best Batman movie ever.

I don't mind the thickly running Easter eggs. I didn't have time to absorb them all, but it'll come out on video. I was a bit annoyed at the bit where they said, "British robots! Ask your nerd friends!" Dr. Who has not been obscure for almost a decade." Even when the original show had a much smaller following of people who were generally fans of public television anyway, I found that if you mentioned it most people had seen it once or twice (there weren't so many channels back then). And the Daleks are the most famous villains in that franchise. If they'd put fucking Movellans in the movie, okay, ask your nerd friends. Daleks? Come on!

I myself felt that me being more of a Marvel guy than a DC guy put a lot of Easter eggs out of my frame of reference. But I'll ask my nerd friends.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:39 PM
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heh sounds like a semi commercial for the lego dimensions game .......that's why all the off the wall references come from they have a dr who playset and about 40 other licensed sets for the game
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