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Shaun Barry
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Taking my kids this Saturday or Sunday, and hoping to have a blast... anyone else going?



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The only thing I didn't like about THE LEGO MOVIE* was its characterization of the superheroes, so, pass.

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* Aside from it not being able to decide if it was TOY STORY or all in some kid's imagination. . .

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Im taking my son and daughter tomorrow night. The boy is 5 and is so excited. My daughter, 7, is only go because she loves going to the movies. 
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I'm going Tuesday Morning with my friends and their 3 kids and I'm
PUMPED!
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I've been working away a stupid amount this year (pretty much 50% of the time). I get back from a week away tomorrow. I'm taking my son as a treat.

He loves Lego. I'm not expecting characterisation to be anything like Batman based on what I have seen but he will enjoy it and I've missed him.
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Mr. Byrne is correct. Batman was a jerk, Green Lantern was an idiot, and - what kind of threat can be handled by Batman and a couple of normals, but not by SUPERMAN? What the ever-lovin' hell?

But it's a parody, and it's a great joke - it looks like fun and I can't wait. (If you watch the CW DC TV shows, every ending has been Lego-ized, along with "Get out of the way, Batman" at the end of each episode. Crass commercialism, but I find it SO DOGGONED FUNNY!!!)
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Parodying superheroes is shooting fish in a barrel. Too easy. And perhaps Hollywood has forgotten it's also a path that leads to utter contempt for the characters.

Right now, a whole lot of money is being made off comics. Is it really time to start pointing out how silly they are?

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After the Adam West BATMAN series, there was a shift in his comics back to a darker tone. Not "grim and gritty", necessarily, until Miller's non-canon The Dark Knight Returns....which led to the canon ninja paranoid unbeatable mastermind goddamn jackwagon that we mostly know today.

Perhaps, after some of these aspects being parodied in this, THE LEGO MOVIE, and other outlets, the pendulum will shift enough to give us a mainstream Batman that's not an a-hole.


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The director of this movie invoked the Adam West BATMAN TV series in a radio interview this past week as an rationale for the movie.

The pendulum seems to once again be swinging for Batman - he's either grim and gritty dark, or a pop art exageration.  I like it when Batman is played down the middle, as a real character.


 
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My youngest is wanting to see this. We'll probably go this weekend.
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Early reviews seem to suggest that the new movie surprisingly honors the basic source material of the Batman mythos, while still having some fun within the bounds of the LEGO universe.

That remains to be seen, but as a parent who believes that superheroes should generally be for kids first and adults second, I for one look forward to some much needed air being taken out of the sails of the current adults-only/grim-dark Batman era of the last 30+ years.





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My college-age son just got back from the film, and reports John Byrne received a Special Thanks at the end (along with Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino and others). I'm now curious what Byrne-content was used for the film.

As to the movie itself, my lad quite enjoyed it. Fun, yet respectful, he assures me, and far better than The Lego Movie.


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Took my youngest today.  I think it was a little more fluffy and light compared to the Lego Movie (whose more adult subtext really got to me) but overall I enjoyed it.  There were tons of references to the 60s Batman, I'm not quite sure what JB specific material they used unless it was something to do with the Superman bits. 
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 Looking forward to what will probably be the best 'Batman' on film yet.
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 Matthew McCallum wrote:
My college-age son just got back from the film, and reports John Byrne received a Special Thanks at the end (along with Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino and others). I'm now curious what Byrne-content was used for the film.


Magpie is included in the one of movie tie-in LEGO sets, so it's almost certainly her. They don't use JB's design, though, instead opting for her look from Beware the Batman.

I'll be seeing this on Wednesday. I would go earlier, but only the Finnish dub is playing before that and while it is probably fine, I'd rather see the original.
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…John Byrne received a Special Thanks at the end…

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This is becoming almost surreal. I'm half expecting a reissue of CITIZEN KANE with a "thank you" to me added to the credits!!

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Has anyone here ever kept a tally of all the special thanks, acknowledgments and story credits that JB has received over the years, from all of the various Marvel & DC films and TV series?

At this point, it's shaping-up to be quite a list!



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Saw it yesterday afternoon... good, but far from great.  Not nearly as consistently funny, witty or inventive as 2014's THE LEGO MOVIE (one of my favorites of this decade).  Maybe even too long by a good 10 or 15 min.

Curiously, too, for a family movie:  While it was a good-sized afternoon crowd, everyone quietly left the theater at the end, with nary any yays, clapping or general applause, which you can still hear these days if a kids' movie is REALLY good.  There was of course some laughter throughout, but the general response was surprisingly subdued at the same time.

Not convinced it'll reach the same heights as THE LEGO MOVIE.





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I'm surprised at the positive response this movie is generating.

I would have expected more brickbats.

Get it? ..."Brickbats?" Snicker snicker snicker...

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Holy forced wordplay!
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I agree with everything Shaun says.

And it was interesting that whilst my kids enjoyed it they barely mentioned it afterwards.
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We went Friday night to see it. I laughed a good bit and so did my kids. A lot of people clapped during a fight scene that referenced the 60's TV show. Afterwards, my 13 year old bombarded me with who all the villains were & what their there identities and he loved the snakeclowns bit.
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If you view it for what it's supposed to be (parody), you'll probably enjoy the heck out of it.  However, it got to be too much as the movie wore on....  There's only so much campy, over the top humor and in jokes you can take.
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Saw it on Saturday.  Thought it was good but not great.  Two movies into the Lego franchise, THE LEGO MOVIE is still the bar to which all others must rise.  While I laughed quite a bit and found the easter eggs, in-jokes and references clever, the film never rose to the sheer joy I felt coming out of the theatre after THE LEGO MOVIE.  There's a good message in LEGO BATMAN, that of needing people instead of forcing them away, but the character of Batman/Bruce Wayne as voiced by Will Arnett borders on unlikeable throughout much of the film, a stark contrast to Chris Pratt's "Emmet Brickowoski" who I was pulling for from moment one. 

It's definitely worth a watch, but if you don't catch it in the theatre and instead opt for cable/streaming/Blu-ray, you're just fine. 
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For all the complaints about the tv show, it still has the best theme music out of all the Batman media. I don't understand why the movies don't embrace it the way the first Spider-Man trilogy did its respective Sixties song. 
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