Lego: Batman Be-Leaguered

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Superhero story offers laughs, action, commerical tie-ins.

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A lot or a little?

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Educational Value

The movie's main intent is to entertain, but it does offer some decent messages about working together and standing up for what's right.  

Positive Messages

The story promotes teamwork, which Batman learns to do despite his efforts to stay independent. Each member of the Justice League has unique skills, but the real power is in combining them in one unified force. Good and evil are clearly defined. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes are bound by a sense of duty to do what's right and protect the innocent, for which they risk their lives. That said, they're not perfect; a few come across as self-absorbed, which is played for laughs. Batman begins the story feeling like he's above the other heroes, but he comes to see that there's great value in having teammates. The League has only one female character, but this gender imbalance is not addressed.

Violence & Scariness

Characters shoot at each other and set off explosions that send targets flying into the air. Crashes are loud and spectacular. Many characters have special powers they use against their enemies, including the ability to freeze their enemies or laser vision that melts what's in their path. No one is ever said to have died, but often the bad guys simply disappear after such an encounter, and the heroes usually escape unscathed. Objects that are hit usually break into individual Lego bricks. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Some name-calling: "loser," "jerks." 

Consumerism

Both Lego and the DC Comics characters have strong marketing tie-ins.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

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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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