For movie audiences, 2017's Lego Batman Movie affirmed the versatility and family-friendly excellence gamers have come to expect from Lego superhero game franchises. Yet for diehard fans of Bill Finger and Bob Kane's Dynamic Duo, it also gets as close to the heart of the Caped Crusader's mystique as Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton ever did.
Will Arnett's Dark Knight is even better here than he was in The Lego Movie, and that's saying something. Lego Bruce Wayne is the battiest cinematic Batman—dapper, kooky, a self-aggrandizing loner who keeps his loneliness a secret even from himself, a hyperactive hoarder of his own crimefighting memorabilia. As Bruce Wayne's anarchy-attracting nemesis, Zach Galifianakis taps into the obsessive side of the Joker, portraying him as hopelessly devoted to rekindling their mutual hatred. Michael Cera gives the film its emotional core and insurmountable optimism as Batman-idolizing orphan (and future Robin) Dick Grayson. Rosario Dawson's Batgirl is great. And Billy Dee Williams plays Harvey Dent!
Still, the real star is the Lego brand, with its multitudes of licenses old and new. As Empire put it, "Gremlins, Daleks, The Matrix's Agent Smith, Dracula, Godzilla, Sauron, Lord Voldemort and more are all unleashed without any issue. Just occasionally more is more, and so it proves here."