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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego DC Comics Batman: Family Matters, the 9th Lego DC comics combo, is a funny action-adventure movie that pits The Caped Crusader and his nearest and dearest against long-time bad guys with ever-mightier technology and a renewed quest for power. Attention is paid in this entry to Batman's personal story, his motivations, and his relationship with younger members of the team, and that works, too. Kids who are old enough to be at ease with cartoon violence will get their fill of explosions, lasers, armies of robotic villains, battles, gunfire, and general animated mayhem. And, of course, there will be featured characters who give Lego and DC Comics a captive audience for their expanding line of toys and merchandise.
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What's the story?
In LEGO DC COMICS BATMAN: FAMILY MATTERS, Batman (voiced by Troy Baker) is having second thoughts about the double life he leads. His important role as the crime-fighting superhero is being hindered by the requirements of his other identity, Bruce Wayne, rich industrialist. He decides to sell Wayne Enterprises. At that very moment, he and his closest allies are thrust into the middle of a dangerous undertaking. The seemingly-evil Red Hood (Jason Spisak) has planted explosives throughout Gotham. The team has one hour to find and disarm them before they detonate. And, if that isn't enough, once that task is handled and Red Hood is disarmed, old stalwart villains threaten the entire city once again. It's a game of capture, escape, and all-out mayhem as Batman's enemies, equipped with armies of indestructible robots and drones, appear to gain the upper hand. But not for long.
Is it any good?
This entry in the Lego DC partnership has a nice balance of fun, emotional tugs, and comic action; the villains, robot armies, rockets, and explosions come fast and often, and so do the twists. The story, though heavily populated, is easy to follow and sticks to the basic DC formula: old villains rise up, bring on the battles, get defeated, and the superheroes celebrate. Batman's role as a parent is part of the tale, as he has dealings with all three young people that he's mentored, one in a surprise appearance. The two female "members of the family," Batgirl (Alyson Stoner) and Batwoman (Tara Strong), have lots to do, and keep up with the male members of the team. Lego DC Comics Batman: Family Matters is entertaining for kids as long as they understand cartoon action is different from real danger.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the nature of the family relationships in Lego DC Comics Batman: Family Matters. What makes a "family?" Is it necessary for the members to be biologically-related? Why or why not? How many different kinds of families have you seen? What makes them work?
What did Robin learn about Batman's reasons for giving him rules and boundaries? Did it change his attitude? Is it important for kids to understand why their parents make rules and boundaries? Why or why not?
Why do you think Warner Bros., Lego, and DC Comics joined forces to make this movie? Why is it important to be aware of these joint ventures that use toys, films, and other licensing products to promote one another?
There are a variety of Batman movies available for audiences: live-action feature films, traditional cartoon animation, and animation in combination with Lego toys. Which do you think is most suitable for kids? Why? How does your family decide which is best for you?
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