Based on the trailers, The LEGO Batman Movie looks like it’s exactly what’s been missing from DC’s comic book movie lineup lately.
It’s fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and, crucially, it’s not so overly serious as to be boring.
If you’re a fan of Batman v Superman, that’s fine. You’re totally allowed to enjoy a film, and nobody can tell you that you’re wrong for doing so. We all have different tastes.
That said, if you absolutely hated BvS with a fiery passion, you’re most definitely not alone.
With the enormous number of Easter Eggs and self-referential gags on display in The Lego Batman Movie trailers, it’s hardly surprising that the movie will make direct reference to the stupidity of Zack Snyder’s 2016 superhero fight scene, and the two-plus hours of grumpy sadness that were also included in the price of admission.
A new TV spot for the upcoming Lego Movie spin-off recreates some of the iconic imagery from BvS, as Lego Batman names Superman as his greatest enemy, much to the Joker’s dismay.
It’s okay, Joker – at least you’re half of Batman’s greatest fear.
Hopefully, The LEGO Batman Movie will go beyond simply paying lip service to Batman v Superman. If the movie can be allowed by Warner Bros to poke fun at that abomination in a meaningful way, it’ll go a long way to helping fans forgive the franchise its current missteps.
It’s hard to over-stress this: a Batman movie that deliberately points out the faults of movies that have come before—even if they take place in a completely different continuity and genre—it lets us all know that DC has gotten the message when it comes to what Zack Snyder has gotten wrong.
This is important, because thus far, it doesn’t look like anyone at DC wants to admit that their shared cinematic universe is neck deep in crap after just three movies.
One way or the other, though, The LEGO Batman Movie will help things get back on the right track.
Either the movie will signal a return to form for Batman movies, or it’ll prove so much more popular than anything starring Ben Affleck that Warner Bros will reconsider the tone and style of their live action films.
No matter what happens, it seems that LEGO Batman might just be the savior of the franchise.
Or, his movie will be garbage. At this stage, though, that seems incredibly unlikely.