The DC Extended Universe is over. I'm sure Wonder Woman and The Justice League will meet the basic criteria for being called “movies”, but Lego Batman steps to the fore in such spectacular and definitive fashion that it’s time for Zack Snyder, Geoff Johns, and the rest of the grim-'n-gritty gang to pack it in. Director Chris McKay and head writer Seth Grahame-Smith inject real purpose into their dazzling building-brick adventure, steering clear of the overly precious and misguided quirk-storm that was 2014’s surprise hit, The Lego Movie.* They mine every incarnation of the Caped Crusader’s history, creating a mind-boggling meta-continuity and a complex protagonist whose greatest enemy doesn’t wear clown makeup. The film has more gags and in-jokes than our hero has Batarangs, but beneath the silliness is a beautiful lesson about the fundamental need for human connection that left me weeping like a newly orphaned child.
*Yes, I’m one of those people.