The LEGO Batman Movie is now out in theaters, bringing the Batman mythos and franchise lore to the LEGO Universe. As we say in our official review, one of the greatest joys of LEGO Batman is the deep knowledge of the character's history and his place in the cultural zeitgeist - which is evident from the many meta references and Batman in-jokes that the filmmakers packed into the movie.
Of course, The LEGO Batman Movie couldn't be that self-aware without also being aware of the superhero competition - namely, camp Marvel and its Marvel Cinematic Universe. During The LEGO Batman Movie there was a hilarious recurring joke that was built of the (often imagined) DC/Marvel rivalry. Read on below if you want to know more about what it is.
In the film, whenever Batman (Will Arnett) has to return to the Batcave, he must speak a password whenever he want the cave's hidden door to open. That password phrase? "Iron Man Sucks!"
Arnett's LEGO Batman is closely modeled after Chris Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy version of the character (with dashes of so many other versions of Batman thrown in the mix). Way back in the ancient times of 2008 (almost a decade ago!), Iron Man and Batman were the Marvel and DC characters that everyone was talking about; Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau had scored a substantial first victory for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Nolan redefined the entire comic book movie genre with his landmark film, The Dark Knight.
So, The LEGO Batman isn't just taking some random jab at Marvel (though many viewers will enjoy it on that level); the films is actually using real cinematic history as fodder for a joke that works on multiple levels. Those LEGO movie guys are so sophisticated...
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What's YOUR Rating for The LEGO Batman Movie?
The LEGO Batman Movie is now playing in theaters. It is 1 hour 44 minutes long, and is Rated PG for rude humor and some action.