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Old 02-16-2017, 09:24 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.
Old 02-16-2017, 09:55 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.
Old 02-16-2017, 10:14 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.
Old 02-17-2017, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Dale Sams View Post
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.
Old 02-17-2017, 02:07 PM
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I'll probably watch it at home too, but watching the preview I did smile at the Batkayak.
Old 02-17-2017, 03:15 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.
Old 02-17-2017, 06:08 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, 07:11 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, 07:43 PM
Barbarian Barbarian is offline
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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.
Old 02-17-2017, 08:14 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.
Old 02-17-2017, 10:39 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
Old 03-06-2017, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by magnusblitz View Post
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).
Apparently, that was a conscious decision -- they couldn't think of a good way to work an Alfred/Voldemort meeting in, so they decided to use a different voice to avoid creating a false expectation.

Originally Posted by Johnny Angel View Post
I was a bit annoyed at the bit where they said, "British robots! Ask your nerd friends!"
They might have had a problem with the convoluted rights situation (the BBC owns the look; Terry Nation's estate owns the name), or maybe they could have gotten the rights to use the name but decided to make a joke about it for your "nerd friends" instead. (I suspect the latter, given how lampshaded the non-use of the name was.)
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Old 03-06-2017, 06:15 AM
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If they'd put fucking Movellans in the movie, okay, ask your nerd friends.
Mmmm Suzanne Danielle's legs.............
Old 03-06-2017, 08:20 AM
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Lego Batman...couple of observations...

The Cub and I went to it and he gave it a thumbs down: "Boring".

When we got home and Mrs Piper asked about it, I said it was a chick-flick. She said: "Batman? A chick flick?"

I summarised it:


• Batman is lonely and doesn't realise it, nor realise what he's missing; so deep into the Bat-persona that he doesn't even take the cowl off when he's alone in Wayne manor.

• when he's not Being Batman, Bruce Wayne is a hedonistic playboy, living a meaningless life.

• Alfred is worried about Master Bruce and tries to get him to develop other interests, to realise that his isolation is not healthy.

• the Joker tries to get Batman to realise that they are yin and yang, two sides of a coin; in short, they are in a long-standing relationship.

• Batman gives the Joker the brush-off, denying any sort of a relationship.

• Spunky young kid worms his way into Bruce's life and starts to thaw the Bat-heart.

• Barbara Gordon is initially an opponent of Bay-vigilantism, but she and Batman gradually develop a working relationship.

• Alfred, Dick and Barbara join Batman as various incarnations of the Bat mythos, fighting evil as a team and making Batman realise the value of comradeship, instead of flying solo.

• More cracks in the frozen Bat-heart as he goes solo to save the team, rather than because solo is what he does.

• The Joker finally breaks through with Batman: "You complete me". Bats realises that he needs the Joker as much as the Joker needs him.

• together Batman and Joker save Gotham, ending in a manly, affectionate, hug on top of ladders. He even lets the Joker have a few extra moments of freedom, knowing that he can get the Joker whenever he wants.

• Batman becomes Bruce again, and realises the value of his new family: Alfred, Dick and Barbara.

Oh yeah, there's some monsters and bad guys along the way.

TOTAL chick flick!

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Old 03-06-2017, 10:06 AM
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I enjoyed this movie (and similar Robot Chicken segments) just because other animated versions of Batman have gone too far in the other direction, embracing the infinite awesomeness of Batman, i.e. not only cold he defeat Superman, it wouldn't even be a challenge because, well... he's the goddamn Batman!


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