Batman is dark, brooding, and super… “angst-y” in Chris McKay’s directorial debut The LEGO Batman Movie. But this is a movie about talking LEGOs and wickedly satirical superheroes, so while the lessons about fatherhood, responsibility, and community may be flying fast and furious, there are still plenty of lighter moments in between.
Your premise: The Joker (Zack Galifianakis) gets offended when Batman (Will Arnett) tells him that he’s not as important to Batman’s life as he thinks. Plotting his revenge, Joker invades the Phantom Zone and enlists the aid of hundreds of classic villains from various backgrounds including King Kong (Seth Green), Sauron (Jemaine Clement), and Lord Voldemort (Eddie Izzard). But the point of this story is that Batman can’t do it on his own…
You can’t be a hero if you only care about yourself. — Barbara Gordon
Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), Robin (Michael Cera), and Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) all experience Batman’s rebuff, but when the fate of Gotham City lies in the crux, he recognizes the need to work together. Ultimately, recognizing the gifts of others, Batman recognizes that he can’t be as great by himself as he thought, and that his happiness is tied to his relationships with others.
Special features on the Blu-ray Combo pack (as well as the Ultra and 3D combos) include three Batman-related animated shorts (“Dark Hoser,” “Batman is Just Not That Into You,” “Cooking With Alfred”) and the animated Ninjago short, “The Master.” Deleted scenes, director commentary, and the making of featurette, “One Brick at a Time,” are there for those seeking more. But additional featurettes and special social promos also add to the total package.