The LEGO Batman Movie Review
The LEGO Batman Movie
10 Feb 2017
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Reference to the 1989 Batman movie
Batman’s line in the beginning action scene, “You want to get nuts? Let’s get nuts!” is a reference to the 1989 Batman movie where Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne says this line to the Joker.
Villains in the Phantom Zone
include King Kong, Lord Voldemort, The Kraken and Medusa (from Clash of the Titans (1981)), Gremlins, The Wicked Witch of the West and Flying Monkeys (from The Wizard of Oz (1939)), Daleks (from Doctor Who), Velociraptors and the Tyrannosaurus Rex (from Jurassic Park (1993)), Sauron (from the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)), Agent Smith (from The Matrix (1999)), The Shark (from Jaws (1975)), Lord Vampyre, The Mummy and the Swamp Creature (from Lego Monster Fighters), and the Skeleton Warriors (from Jason and the Argonauts (1963)).
As per Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman, who appeared in the Dark Knight trilogy and The Lego Movie (2014), said that “The Lego Movie’s” “Batman” is his favorite incarnation of the character.
Meaning of “McGuffin”
The airplane at the beginning of the movie is under the name McGuffin 1138. “McGuffin” is the cinematic/literary name given to an object or person which is of vital importance to the characters but whose actual function is immaterial to the plot. “1138” meanwhile is a reference to THX-1138.
The shark repellent is a reference to the 1966 Batman movie
. In the movie, Batman is trying to dislodge a shark attached to his leg while hanging off a helicopter ladder. He calls out to Robin to throw him “shark repellent bat spray” which he uses successfully.
Reference to first Ghostbusters movie
When the Phantom Zone is opened, the villains are shown flying out in a way that mimics the ghosts flying out of the sky in the first Ghostbusters movie.
Cameo of Richard Cheese
Richard Cheese, a music artist know for doing comedic lounge-style covers of pop and heavy metal songs, can be seen in Lego form performing “Man in the Mirror” at the Gotham Winter Gala.
Zach Galifianakis stated in an interview about voicing the Joker
, “It was really fun! I’ve only done a couple of sessions, it’s crazy; I’m lucky. I was telling diarrhea jokes in coffee houses ten years ago, so I’m very fortunate.”
LEGO Bane’s voice
and accent is based on Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The voice is done by Doug Benson, a stand up comedian and podcaster, who has done his comedic impression on Hardy’s Bane since the 2012 film was released. The directors were fans of Benson’s podcast and hired him based on that
Main theme of Superman (1978)
When Batman arrives at The Fortress of Solitude and presses the doorbell, the sound is the main theme of Superman (1978) composed by John Williams.
The pilot at the beginning identifies his flight number to the control tower as “Flight 1138”. This is a reference to George Lucas’ first movie, THX 1138. The number 1138 was hidden in many of his successive films– including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. It became an inside joke for his fans, and since then the number has also been used in numerous other media not affiliated with Lucas, as an homage to his work and continuation of the joke.
The trailers for the film feature different variants of the Bat Suit. One of these variants is labeled “2011 Comic-Con Exclusive.” This suit is a mini-figure that was given out in raffles at New York Comic-Con and San Diego Comic-Con in 2011 to coincide with Lego re-launching the Superheroes theme. The mini-figure is based off of Christian Bale’s suit from The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Another recognizable suit that is visible is Terry McGinnis’s suit from the animated cartoon Batman Beyond (1999).
On his podcast Doug Loves Movies
, Doug Benson (voice of Bane) often intros the game segment of the show with “let the games begin.” A line spoken by Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
Before deciding on the classic look for Dick Grayson’s Robin costume, some other costume options were explored. These including a Robin Hood-inspired outfit, a contemporary hoodie, and a gymnast outfit.
Characterization of joker
Zach Galifianakis (Joker) took inspiration from a familiar source as he believed that the character deserves that validation, he feels that way at least in part because of how “unpredictable and clever” Joker is, a characterization for which Galifinakis drew inspiration from Jack Nicholson’s famed 1989 take on the role.
RT/Meta Critic Review
The Lego Batman Movie works precisely because it knows audiences are sick of its hero. It’s a reassessment, an intervention, an effort to try and remember what’s fun about him.