A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is a 2015 computer-animated film in which familiar superheroes such as Superman and Wonder Woman team up with their "bizarre" opposites to prevent the bad guys from wreaking havoc. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this amounts to not much more than a 49-minute commercial for Lego and DC Comics; the DVD packaging even includes a miniature "Bizarro" Batman Lego action figure. There's cartoon, comic book, and superhero violence throughout, and the very silly humor occasionally veers into jokes involving burping or underwear. Overall, this short feature could be enjoyable for kids and parents who enjoy Lego toys and DC Comics, but it's a different story for families wary of excessive consumerism in kids' entertainment.
What's the story?
As if he wasn't busy enough fighting the bad guys, Superman (Nolan North) now must contend with his clone, Bizarro, who says and does the opposite of what he actually means and intends to do. Superman sends Bizarro to his own planet -- Bizarro World -- to keep him from causing trouble on Earth. But when the evil Darkseid threatens to destroy Bizarro World, Bizarro clones the Justice League so there are now opposite clones of familiar heroes such as Batman (Troy Baker), Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern (Diedrich Bader), and Cyborg. To stop Darkseid, the Justice League must find a way to form an alliance with the Bizarro League and save the world.
Is it any good?
Although it's not without some childish charm and self-aware humor, this movie essentially amounts to one long commercial for Lego Toys and DC Comics. In case the consumer is unaware that there are corresponding Lego action figures for each of the characters in the movie, there's even a complimentary "Batzarro" (Batman's Bizarro League counterpart) miniature action figure contained in the DVD packaging.
Although the story itself is enjoyable enough, there's not enough worthwhile content to get over the fact that this movie is merely a vehicle by which to sell toys and comic books to kids. Hard-core fans of DC Comics and Lego might find some engaging elements in the humor and characterization, but for everyone else -- especially families wary of consumerism in children's entertainment -- this movie can't stand on its own, no matter how many jokes about burps and underwear the filmmakers include.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about consumerism in kids' entertainment. Why do you think Lego and DC Comics would agree to make this movie, and why is there a miniature Lego action figure included in the DVD packaging?
What are some of the ways in which toy manufacturers and other industries market their products to children?
How are the superheroes here similar to their depictions in other superhero movies? How are they different?
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