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There are also so many cameos by assorted villains and heroes - including several incongruous ones from the Warner Bros. library - it's easy to lose count. The Lego Batman Movie is a little darker and edgier than its predecessor - there are tons of bad guys, battles, explosions, bombs, weapons, destruction, and general mayhem, and the main characters are constantly in peril. This weekend, The LEGO Batman Movie hits theaters, with Will Arnett reprising his scene-stealing role as the narcissistic LEGO Batman.

So when Barbara Gordon takes over as police commissioner amid plans to work more collaboratively with Batman, he gets the heebie jeebies. The introduction of the many, many villains that DC has to offer makes for a great joke early on, but the continued presence of a good chunk of them only serves to clutter up the movie's landscape. Fans of this character need to see this movie, they will absolutely love it.

"The Lego Batman Movie" is a much-needed positive start to 2017, and offers WB/DC an nearly fail-proof, kid-friendly way of giving the Lego treatment to their other heroes.

Sure, director Chris McKay has been at the helm of such irreverent shows as "Robot Chicken", where there are no limits to the skewering of pop culture icons in stop-motion animation glory.

The soundtrack contributes to the movie's animation as well. The challenge is that when comic material comes that fast and furious - and needs to stay relatively clean, barring the occasional foray into bathroom humor - the misfires tend to mount, making the frenetic pacing feel more enervating than inspired. A heavy metal song entitled "Who's the (Bat) Man" (performed by Patrick Stump) includes lyrics like "Who has the coolest gadgets?" But unlike some franchises that seem like a cash grab by the studio, I'm all in on every one of these because I think there are plenty of worlds and characters ripe for exploration. "I've been really lucky that let me do the things I've been able to do with this movie". Batman is a dumb character.

There's a reason why some of the best Batman stories and movies have featured the Clown Prince of Crime - Alan Moore's The Killing Joke graphic novel, Tim Burton's 1988 Batman movie, Nolan's The Dark Knight ... all these stories have featured the Joker in direct conflict with Batman.

The LEGO Batman movie potentially has the most entertaining opening sequences of any super-movie in the last few years (in fact the visuals throughout are incredible and vibrant), with the opening credits even featuring a hilarious meta voice-over from Batman himself (Will Arnett).

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