A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego: Batman Be-Leaguered features exchanges of gunfire, explosions, and crashes, all of which are bloodless and don't result in death or injury. Because the story has strong tie-ins to Lego and DC Comics characters, product placement is a big concern. On the upside, the story promotes positive social messages about friendship and teamwork through a character's reluctance to embrace both, and its blend of humor and action will be well received by older kids and young tweens.
What's the story?
In LEGO: BATMAN BE-LEAGUERED, Superman (voiced by Nolan North) invites Batman (Troy Baker) to join the Justice League, a team of superheroes who round up bad guys and protect the city's residents from harm. But for an independent spirit like Batman, team dynamics don't sit well, so he declines ... that is, until Superman turns up missing. Can Batman play nice with other Justice Leaguers Aquaman (Dee Bradley Baker), Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), Cyborg (Khary Payton), and the Flash (James Arnold Taylor) in time to rescue the Man of Steel from an unseen foe?
Is it any good?
Batman Be-Leaguered is a mostly unremarkable addition to the Lego entertainment franchise, but that doesn't stop it from being something fun to watch. There are few surprises to the story's evolution, particularly if your kids are familiar with the multitude of other superhero-related TV shows and movies that exist. Those who do have a background in hero stories will pick up on how Be-Leaguered pokes fun at common superhero tropes, as when Batman contemplates giving up his self-sufficiency or a villain makes plans for an "incredibly overcomplicated death trap."
This special is flashy, fast-paced, and filled with fresh Lego-inspired incarnations of familiar characters from live-action and cartoon products, so it won't disappoint those who tune in. There's humor, action, and a few lessons about trusting others and working as a team, so there's some substance as well. The bottom line? There's no harm in letting your superhero fans watch, so long as the commercial tie-ins don't prove problematic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the characters' relationships. How do the Justice Leaguers show that they trust each other? How do those feelings make them a better team?
Why does Batman choose to work alone? What are the advantages of doing so? Kids: Do you agree with his choice? What kinds of projects are better handled by partners or a team than by one person?
Why are superhero stories so popular? Is it fun to imagine a world patrolled by people such as Superman and Batman? What real-life role models have you met? What defines a hero for you?
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