March 04, 2017

The Lego Batman movie is fun, also destroys the Batman myth forever

BLIND ITEM #5 - This A+ list mostly movie actor who also directs is doing his best to get out of making the next installment of a franchise.   He will make it if forced but would love for them to say they found a replacement. He is miserable.   (link)

I'm sorry, Mr. Affleck, but your job just became somewhat harder.  A new movie has come out that redeems Batman, but wrecks the Frank Miller archetype in the process.
Oh, shut up

The Lego Batman Movie does something no other DC film has done:  it actually tries to conceptualize the hero as a human being.  A flawed, rich, narcissistic human being, hovering on the edge of self-awareness.  Even Iron Man didn't go this deep:



The Lego Batman Movie calls Frank Miller Batman on his bullshit, tells him what he is, and ultimately persuades him to adopt a more constructive, team-oriented approach.  This is more likely to work for him, and will be less dull for us.  I alway liked team Batman better anyway:




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3 Comments:

Blogger VMM said...

I finally watched The Lego Movie last night. "I'm getting old." Cultural reference aimed at oldsters aren't making it any easier for me to tell what's going on.

I did like the Batman spoof. Is Will Arnet in the Batman spin-off? I hope so.

March 4, 2017 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

Yes.

It is best to view The Lego Batman movie as canon. Otherwise the entire cinematic franchise (which I have mostly seen with the sound off on airplanes) is irredeemable.

March 4, 2017 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

Ok, this goes by too fast in the theater, but I caught enough of it that I had to track down Barbara Gordon's Powerpoint slides from her presentation in The Lego Batman Movie. They are:

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT BATMAN
- Lots of cool gadgets
- Loves punching
- Excellent brooding

(But needs to improve with respect to:)
- ACTUAL LAWS
- PROPER ETHICS
- ACCOUNTABILITY

Michael Cera in the video linked about says:

"Batman's a very easy character to lampoon, actually, because he's like living in this self-imposed prison and he's just kind of angst-y. And...so those are ridiculous qualities."


March 4, 2017 at 3:19 PM  

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