Bet­ter Bat­man

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Chris McKay – best known for his work on the Ro­bot Chicken tele­vi­sion se­ries – helms only his se­cond ever film from a script supplied by no fewer than five writ­ers.

Per­haps due to so many fin­gers be­ing in the sto­ry­line pie, there’s a manic sense to pro­ceed­ings as just about ev­ery Bat­man char­ac­ter imag­in­able – and many from DC’s en­tire sta­ble – are wheeled out with reck­less aban­don.

Like the Lego Movie, there are nu­mer­ous sur­prise ap­pear­ances too in a colos­sal roll call of names that would make even a Marvel teamup flick pale in com­par­i­son.

Ar­nett is per­fect for the shifts be­tween light and dark in his Bat­man’s story and gets the bal­ance right be­tween self-par­ody and cowltip­ping re­spect for the iconic hero.

He also has a blast re-team­ing with his old Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment buddy Cera in the like­able Bat­man and Robin bond fans have been des­per­ate to see for decades.

An eclec­tic voice en­sem­ble in­cludes Ralph Fi­ennes (Al­fred), Rosario Daw­son (Bat­girl), Zach Galifianakis (Joker) and even Mariah Carey (Mayor McCaskill), while Billy Dee Wil­liams fi­nally gets to play Two-Face af­ter miss­ing out on the role back in the 90s.

There’s far too much go­ing on – par­tic­u­larly vis­ually – to take in on first view­ing, and I’m sure re­peat vis­its will un­earth mul­ti­ple Easter eggs.

Not quite the an­i­mated clas­sic many an­tic­i­pated, then, but Lego have still cre­ated one of Bat­man’s best cin­e­matic romps.

I hope DC are tak­ing notes for their prob­lem­atic live-ac­tion pro­duc­tion.

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