Sunday, February 21, 2016

'Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash' Has Brainiac, Time Travel, and a Ton of Fun

I extremely love these Lego DC movies.  They’re animated comedy gems.  Thus, I was excited to watch Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash when I first learned of it.  And as expected, it’s a ton of fun.

In this new installment – something that was actually teased way back in the first movie, 2013’s Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite.  Brainiac – the Justice League takes on Brainiac, an android supercomputer obsessed with collecting various planets across the galaxies, which he shrinks and put in bottles.  With Earth being his next target, the Justice League proceeds to battle Brainiac, who in turn banishes half of the League roster across different time periods of history.  Now, it’s up to Batman and Flash to recover their time-displaced teammates while Cyborg and Supergirl hold off Brainiac and his forces until the League can reunite.

The plot is pretty dumb (but not mind-numbing) and juvenile – especially the time travel aspects.  But it’s intended for kids anyway, and for what it is, it’s charming and fresh.  The overall production – from animation to voice acting – is of great quality.  And it’s pretty hilarious; I laughed a lot.  Though I found it not as clever as its predecessors, it’s nevertheless as witty as it needs to be.

Again, the Lego DC movies are awesome.  Even if the big screen Lego Batman doesn’t come through, as long as these delightful Lego DC direct-to-video movies are annually made, I will be more than satisfied.

Miscellaneous musings (SPOILERS):
  • The Legion of Superheroes – Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, and Cosmic Boy – are in the movie.  It would have been amazing if Brainiac 5 also made an appearance.   
  • Cyborg made customized, themed jets for the Leaguers, which assembled into a mecha!
  • Kids will probably miss this, but the implication when Brainiac’s ship gets destroyed is the destruction of thousands of shrinked alien planets – the death of billions of billions.
  • My favorite dialogue--
Cyborg: “Good luck.”
Batman: “I don’t believe in luck.”
Cyborg: “What do you believe in?”
Batman: “Batman!”

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