REVIEW: HARLEY QUINN – SEASON 2

Harley Quinn (2019)

Starring

Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)
Lake Bell (The Secret Life of Pets)
Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol)
Jason Alexander (Shallow Hal)
Diedrich Bader (American Housewife)
Ron Funches (Powerless)
Tony Hale (Chuck)
J. B. Smoove (Spider-Man: Far From Home)

Wayne Knight and Kaley Cuoco in New Gotham (2020)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel)
Wayne Knight (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2)
Jim Rash (Sky High)
Jacob Tremblay (Good Boys)
Matt Oberg (Sisters)
Sanaa Lathan (The Cleveland Show)
Rachel Dratch (Click)
Tom Hollander (Gosford Park)
Andy Daly (Semi-Pro)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)
Vanessa Marshall (Final Space)
James Adomian (Storks)
Brad Morris (Cougar Town)
George Lopez (The Smurfs 2)
Briana Cuoco (The Lydia Bennet!!)
Michael Ironside (Highlamnder II)
Jessica Walter (Archer)
Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad)
Will Sasso (Mom)
Justina Machado (Scoob!)
Scott Porter (Speed Race)
James Wolk (Watchmen TV)

Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell in Riddle U (2020)While the first season only wrapped up a short while ago, DC Universe’s Harley Quinn is back for more, and it couldn’t be a better time for it to return. The animated series has stolen fans’ hearts with its all-star cast, hilarious approach to the DC canon, and adult-oriented approach to humor and violence. Season Two  absolutely keeps up its momentum in the episodes, while also evolving things forward in a necessary way. Kaley Cuoco and Alan Tudyk in All the Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues (2020)The premiere picks up a few weeks after The Joker’s (Alan Tudyk) apocalyptic attack on Gotham City, as Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) navigates the aftermath as only she can. Without getting into spoilers (which, if I’m being honest, would sound ludicrous out of context anyway), the episode gradually expands the rogues that are causing trouble in Gotham — a movement that gives Harley a new vendetta without feeling forced.Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell in There's No Place to Go But Down (2020)Part of what’s made modern-day Harley Quinn so effective — from the comics to the recent blockbuster Birds of Prey movie — has been her approach to and subversion of feminist issues. Season One of Harley put that at the forefront, as she tried to prove her worth and agency among the male villains of her life. While there’s only one episode to go off of, Season Two seems to tackle that misogyny from a slightly different angle, one that will hopefully be incredibly satisfying to watch unfold.Kaley Cuoco in Inner (Para) Demons (2020)Of course, one of the standouts of the series is the rapport between Harley and her “crew,” something that remains the beating heart of the Season Two premiere. Cuoco is somehow even more energetic as Harley, and there’s a sense that she’s legitimately comfortable bringing the character to life. Each of the supporting cast members — from Lake Bell’s Poison Ivy to Jason Alexander’s Sy Borgman — are as great as ever and get their own moments of hilarity within the episode.Kaley Cuoco in Bachelorette (2020)The other villains of the series are as pitch-perfect as ever, between James Adomian’s scene-stealing Bane and Jim Rash’s delightfully-obnoxious take on The Riddler. Spider-Man 2 alum Alfred Molina joins the roster as Mr. Freeze, but manages to weave himself into the ensemble as if he’s always been there. Plus, the Season Two premiere rectifies one of the first season’s few flaws, which was that there wasn’t nearly enough of Andy Daly, who voices Two-Face and a handful of other characters in the episode.The Runaway Bridesmaid (2020)Harley Quinn’s sophomore is a  genuine hit — it somehow manages to outdo its stellar first batch of episodes. The cast and crew are clearly having fun bringing this new adventure of Harley’s to life.

REVIEW: Lego DC: Shazam!: Magic and Monsters

Starring

Sean Astin (The Goonies)
Zach Callison (Steven Universe)
Troy Baker (Shin Chan)
Nolan North (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Grey Griffin (The Fairly OddParents)
Cristina Milizia (DC Super Hero Girls)
James Arnold Taylor (Batman: The Brave and The Bold)
Imari Williams (Predator at Large)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Ralph Garman (Jay and Silent Bob Reboot)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Jennifer Hale (Totally Spies!)
Tom Kenny (The Powerpuff Girls)
Josh Keaton (Justice League Action)

Lego DC: Shazam!: Magic and Monsters (2020)A new hero known as Shazam has made his debut and is attracting the attention of the media for his sudden arrival and polite mannerisms. Unbeknownst to the public, he is actually a young orphan boy named Billy Batson. When Superman begins to grow jealous of Shazam, his hope is restored when he gets the chance to fend off the Monster Society of Evil when they attempt to steal food for their master Mister Mind, though he is eventually forced to call upon Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern for help. Witnessing this, Shazam decides to aid the Justice League, demonstrating his powers to them in the process and forcing the Monster Society to retreat. Impressed by Shazam’s capabilities, the League invite him to the Hall of Justice where they offer Shazam membership. Shazam dismisses their offer, believing that they will reject him if they discover his true age.Lego DC: Shazam!: Magic and Monsters (2020)Consulting The Wizard who gave him his powers for advice, Shazam is told that relationships are built on trust and that he should be more open to the Justice League. Sensing a disturbance, the Wizard then tells Shazam to go help the Justice League when they follow the Monster Society to their warehouse hideout, which Shazam agrees to do.Unfortunately, Mister Mind manages to capture the Justice League and, using a chemical concocted by Doctor Sivana, transforms them into children, making them more susceptible to his mind control. Although de-aged, Batman manages to avoid being mind-controlled and escapes to the Batcave with Shazam’s help. Learning that Batman is reluctant to trust him, Shazam reveals his secret identity to Batman while also recounting his origin story to him: After aiding Batman in a duel with Two-Face, Billy Batson continued to go about his daily routine, while also generously helping out others in need (whom, unbeknownst to him, are the Wizard in disguise). Billy is eventually led into a subway station, where he boards a bizarre-looking train that takes him to the Rock of Eternity, where he meets the wizard in person. The wizard explains that he disguised himself as ordinary citizens to test Billy’s purity of heart and see if he was worthy of becoming his new champion after the previous champion, Black Adam became corrupted by his power and was sealed away. Accepting the Wizard’s offer, Billy is gifted his new powers and proceeds to spend his days as Shazam, while also enjoying the perks of being an adult. Billy then explains that despite everything, he still longs for a family of his own. Relating to Billy’s status as an orphan, Batman reveals his secret identity to Billy and explains that he too is an orphan and becomes more trusting of Billy.lego-dc-shazam-magic-and-monstersAcross the world, the mind-controlled Justice Leaguers proceed to steal large quantities of food for Mister Mind, but one by one they are located by Batman and Shazam and freed from Mister Mind’s control. Reunited, the Justice League devise a plan to infiltrate the Monster Society’s lair by pretending to capture Batman and Shazam and bring them to Mister Mind. Unfortunately, they are swiftly exposed and forced to fight their way to Mister Mind, ultimately defeating the Monster Society. When Shazam and the Justice League encounter Mister Mind, they discover that he has undergone metamorphosis and grown into a giant moth. The group attempt to escape to the Rock of Eternity to gain help from the Wizard, but Mister Mind follows them and proceeds to devour the Rock, resulting in him increasing in size and freeing Black Adam from his imprisonment. Black Adam betrays Mister Mind by using his powers to reduce Mister Mind to his caterpillar form and send him hurtling through space.pink panther-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000Seeking vengeance against the Wizard, Black Adam attacks the Rock and the Justice League is overwhelmed by him. The Wizard attempts to hold Black Adam back long enough for Shazam and the Justice League to escape back to Earth, while reminding Shazam about the power of Zeus. Returning to Earth, knowing Black Adam will be coming for them, the Justice League make preparations and rebuild their vehicles to account for their reduced stature. Arriving on Earth, Black Adam announces his intentions to rule over it with an iron fist. The Justice League and Shazam arrive and face him, but he still proves to be too much for them to handle and destroys their vehicles. Remembering the Wizard’s advice and how Black Adam was able to depower Mr Mind, Shazam shares his power among the Justice League, enhancing their abilities and returning them to their normal age, while revealing his secret identity to them in the process.shazamthumb-1586204677951The Justice Leaguers are not upset by Billy’s true age and tell him that the age of a hero doesn’t matter as long as they do the right thing. Using their enhanced abilities, the Justice League is able to defeat Black Adam. Billy then reabsorbs his powers from the League and Black Adam, restoring his Shazam powers, while Black Adam’s powers are taken in the process, reducing him to a mortal man.With Black Adam arrested and their adulthood restored, the Justice League show their gratitude by reuniting Billy with his sister Mary and their Uncle Dudley. In a mid-credit scene, Lobo manages to apprehend Mister Mind and plans to collect a $1,000,000,000,000 bounty placed on his head, much to Mister Mind’s dismay.UntitledOverall this is a decent lego DC film, but it lacks the teeth of some of the other DC animated or lego movies, a great watch for the family though.

REVIEW: LEGO DC SUPER HEROES: AQUAMAN – RAGE OF ATLANTIS

CAST (VOICES)

Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Susan Eisenberg (Justice League: Doom)
Troy Baker (Justice League Action)
Grey Griffin (Danny Phantom)
Nolan North (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Khary Payton (Teen Titans)
Cristina Milizia (Shabom)
Alyson Stoner (Step Up)
Trevor Devall (Krypto The Superdog)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)
Jonathan Adams (Bones)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Eric Bauza (Batman Ninja)
Vanessa Marshall (Wolverine and The X-Men)

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman - Rage of Atlantis (2018)At the Hall of Justice, Justice League newcomer Jessica Cruz is busy examining for suspicious activity when the Trouble Alert goes off, alerting Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg about Lobo’s attack on a warehouse at Dread Lake storing alien technology. When Aquaman receives word of this, he attempts to join in. He soon realizes that Dread Lake is in fact a dry lake bed, leaving Aquaman’s abilities futile as he is repeatedly beaten by Lobo until the Justice League arrive. Although Lobo manages to escape with a glowing blue orb despite their efforts.92e34ab6883d49c5823c50a0812cb214_compressedWanting to lighten the mood, Aquaman invites the Justice League to a feast that Atlantis is hosting in honor of his anniversary as king. While attending the feast (using a spray Batman designed to help them breathe underwater), Aquaman’s brother Ocean Master soon gathers the inhabitants of Atlantis where the entire city is engulfed in a bizarre red light which begins to corrupt and enrage them (a force field created by Cruz prevents the Justice League from its effects). With Atlantis under his influence, Ocean Master reveals an Atlantean scroll which reveals a law that only a pure-blood Atlantean can be king. Since Aquaman is half-human, he reluctantly gives up the crown to Ocean Master.MV5BZWQ0NTA5NTctMDgyZC00Y2EzLTk2OTctMjA4OTA2ZGVlY2NiXkEyXkFqcGdeQXRoaXJkLXBhcnR5LXZpZGVvLXVwZGF0ZXI@._V1_CR0,45,480,270_AL_UX477_CR0,0,477,268_AL_Now in control, Ocean Master introduces his corrupted subjects to his new adviser Atrocitus, leader of the Red Lantern Corps (who was responsible for corrupting the Atlanteans) and demands the destruction of the Justice League. Attempting to escape the corrupted Atlanteans, Aquaman and the Justice League use a device known as the Atlantean Gateway (which can open portals to other water-based worlds) to escape. However, Cruz fails to enter the portal before it closes.AquaMan1The Justice League end up arriving on a desert world with a red sun (rendering Superman powerless) and find themselves in a factory of Red Lantern vehicles and robots. Noticing that this planet’s end of the gateway is being powered by the orb Lobo stole, the Justice League realize that Atrocitus plans to send his forces to Earth and have the Atlanteans invade the surface world. After escaping the factory, the Justice League have Aquaman (who is naturally drawn to water due to his Atlantean physiology) lead them to water where they find it in a bar known as the Watering Hole and learn that water on this planet has become scarce and expensive on this planet ever since Atrocitus drained it dry. Fearing that Earth will suffer a similar fate, the Justice League become determined to return home. Encountering Lobo, they learn that he was hired to steal the orb by Ocean Master and request his assistance in exchange for returning his beloved dolphin Fishy (who was also corrupted by the Red Lanterns) to him….an offer Lobo reluctantly accepts.mqdefaultBack on Earth, Cruz is rescued by Mera who initially attempts to aid against the corrupted Atlanteans only to be corrupted herself. Escaping on a Red Lantern vehicle, Cruz makes it to a seaside fair where the Atlantean invasion begins. Cruz, Robin and Batgirl do their best to fend off the invading Atlanteans led by an enraged Mera. Upon realizing that the entire world is watching her on the news, Cruz flees from the battle, but works up the courage to return and fight back when she sees Mera attempting to corrupt Batgirl and Robin. Using her power ring, Cruz is able to defeat Mera and negate the effects of the Red Lantern light, returning Mera to her benevolent self.aquaman_2Elsewhere, the Justice League attempt to return to Earth. They succeed in shutting down the Red Lantern’s factory and the Gateway, but not before Fishy, Red Lantern Corps member Dex-Starr and a handful of Red Lantern drones make their way through it. Upset for their failure, Lobo storms off. The Justice League manage to use some reserve power and new vehicles to temporarily re-open the Gateway and return to Earth, but are defeated by Ocean Master and Atrocitus and locked in a gold cage.aquaman_dclegoAt this moment, Atrocitus betrays Ocean Master and reveals his true intentions. Using a weapon known as the Submerged Limitless Underwater Rapid Pump (S.L.U.R.P.), Atrocitus plans to drain Earth’s water supply and spray it into space until Earth is as dry as a desert. Seeing the error of his ways, Ocean Master helps the Justice League escape and uses his magic to protect them from the Red Lantern’s light. Using the Trident of Poseidon (which can only be wielded by the rightful king of Atlantis), Aquaman is able to defeat Atrocitus and destroy the Red Lantern power battery (the source of his power), undoing the effects of its light. Surfacing, the Justice League, Batgirl, Robin and Mera attempt to destroy the S.L.U.R.P. but their efforts prove futile. Lobo (who has been reunited with Fishy) arrives to aid the Justice League. With Aquaman’s advice to work together, the combined efforts of the Justice League and Lobo destroy the S.L.U.R.P. while Superman pushes the water that was already drained (which had frozen into a brick of ice) back into Earth’s atmosphere where it melts into rain and is restored to Earth’s oceans.7b2e53fe53b7ec92With Atlantis the peaceful and happy kingdom it once was once more, Ocean Master apologizes for his actions and even admits to falsifying the law which dethroned Aquaman in the first place. This, coupled with the fact that Aquaman was able to wield the Trident of Poseidon allow Aquaman to be reinstated as King of Atlantis. Atrocitus and Dex-Starr are handcuffed and acquired by Lobo who plans to head to Oa to collect the bounty placed on them. As he leaves with Fishy, Lobo states that when he returns he “might not be on his best behavior”. As the Justice League celebrate their victory, Cyborg receives word that Gorilla Grodd and his forces are attacking Kathmandu, forcing the Justice League into action.EQ9w2UsAquaman must battle foes in the air, on land and in the depths of the Seven Seas, along with some help from The Justice League, to save the day . As a big fan of DC’s Lego movies i was very excited for this but unfortunately although i was entertained for sure i was also disappointed and that was mostly with Aquaman which for at least the first 2 acts is a bit silly and dumb plus the villains were so cheesy and not as good as some previous Lego villains such as Joker and Reverse Flash. Overall decent Lego DC Film but it could have been better also.

REVIEW: LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: THE FLASH

CAST (VOICES)

Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham)
Eric Bauza (Nerdland)
Grey DeLisle (Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen)
Tom Kenny (The Powerpuff Girls)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)
Vanessa Marshall (Batman: Bad Blood)
Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory)
Nolan North (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
Khary Payton (Teen Titans)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Dwight Schultz (The A-Team)
Jason Spisak (Jla Adventures)
James Arnold Taylor (Justice League: The New Frontier)
Audrey Wasilewski (Terminal Error)

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash (2018)The morning sun shines on the jewel of the Metropolis skyline, The Daily Planet building. But when The Joker decides this building needs a renovation, it’s time to sound the Trouble Alert because all bricks are about to break loose! The Justice League leaps into action but as the battle is brewing against The Joker something goes haywire with The Flash’s powers causing him to get caught in a repeating time loop and even stranger is the yellow clad Reverse Flash taunting him at every turn! It will take all of Flash’s speed, a little magic and the helping hands and paws of the Justice League’s new recruits The Atom, Krypto the Super Dog and Ace the Bat Hound to break the cycle and save Metropolis!legodcsuperheroestheflash600_size3Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash (2018) is a film that not alot of viewers will relate and it makes sense i guess but as a long life DC Fan and Lego Fan this film was a blast for me. With lot’s of cameos from heroes and villains of the DC universe like Joker, Killer Croc, Penguin, Cheetah, Trickster, Krypto, Bat Hound and even Aquaman. The jokes are clever and super funny and the plot as a whole although we have seen it all before it was interesting and smart too. Casual viewers won’t love this movie but fans of Lego and DC and those who know what to expect will have a hell of a blast. LEGO-Flash-3

REVIEW: LEGO: JUSTICE LEAGUE – GOTHAM CITY BREAKOUT

 

CAST

Troy Baker (Batman Unlimited 2)
Tara Strong (Sabrina Down Under)
Sarah Hyland (Satanic)
Nolan North (Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles 2012)
Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls)
Tom Kenny (The Batman)
Will Friedle (Batman Beyond)
John Dimaggio (Futurama)
Greg Cipes (Teen Titans)
Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!)
Scott Menville (Despicable Me(
Hynden Walch (Groundhog Day)
Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars: Rebels)
Jason Spisal (Time Lapse)
Eric Bauza (Batman: Assault on Arkham)

Batman gives the viewer a brief reminiscent of his early days as a crime fighter, his time with Robin, how he became Nightwing and how a new Robin came to be. In the present day, Batman and Robin begin chasing after Penguin and Harley Quinn and succeed in entrapping Penguin in a magnetic cage. After Harley and Poison Ivy are defeated, Batman leaves Robin with the defeated criminals and chases after a criminal who resembles a ninja. After cornering the criminal in an alleyway, Batman is able to deduce that the criminal is Nightwing, who used the ninja costume to try and lure Batman into a surprise birthday party, which disappoints Nightwing, along with the other attendees of Batman’s party (consisting of Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Robin, Batgirl, Beast Boy and Starfire). Batgirl, Robin and Nightwing reveal that as a present for Batman, they decided to take him on vacation. Superman is willing to serve as a temporary replacement of Batman, believing the criminals of Gotham would not be hard to defeat due to many of them lacking superpowers.The Justice League and Teen Titans are able to convince Batman to accept the vacation and Batman, Nightwing and Batgirl leave to their holiday plans. Robin stays behind to show Superman the ropes and give him advice on Gotham’s villains. Meanwhile at Arkham Asylum, Joker uses a spoon (which he drew a face on and calls “Spoony”) to dig himself out of his cell. Elsewhere, Batman easily figures out Nightwing and Batgirl’s vacation plans for him, to take him down Memory Lane by having him visit the dojo of his former martial arts sensei Madame Mantis.After a brief reunion battle with his former sensei, Batman discovers it was actually a disguised minion of Deathstroke. Batman, Batgirl and Nightwing then find Deathstroke and follow him into a cave. Meanwhile in Gotham, Superman finds out about Joker’s escape and ignores Robin’s warning about him. Unfortunately, this allows Joker to trick Superman into freeing Harley Quinn, Penguin, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow, from Arkham. Superman calls Cyborg in hopes of gaining assistance to stop the escaped villains. Back at the vacation site, Batman, Nightwing and Batgirl end up falling down a waterfall in the cave. During their time falling, Batman explains his past with Deathstroke, where Madame Mantis favored a young Bruce Wayne over him.eacd25dc-2102-4b51-bca1-ad171b740118Deathstroke ultimately dropped out due to the fact that Mantis believed Deathstroke was not ready to learn “The Forbidden Move”. At the bottom of the waterfall, Batman, Nightwing and Batgirl uncover an underground kingdom of Trogowogs (a hidden underground race of short, green humanoids which Madame Mantis did not introduce to humanity to avoid corruption). The primitive (yet optimistic, prim and proper) residents immediately attack Batman and co. and Batman ultimately surrenders to Deathstroke when the latter threatens to kill Nightwing and Batgirl.12_Flying_Now_or_Later_thumb_5785c508224eb7.17461214

They are then introduced to the Trogowog leader, revealed to be Bane, who gained his position with the use of a pink crystal known as the Psyche Stone. Using the Psyche Stone, Bane was able to give the Trogowogs his fury and Deathstroke’s fighting skills. All he needs to make them unstoppable is the knowledge of the Forbidden Move from Batman’s mind since Madame Mantis has to strong of a will. Back in Gotham, Superman and Cyborg are easily defeated by Poison Ivy, so Superman reluctantly summons Wonder Woman, but Poison Ivy is able to coat all three of them in her pheromones to stun them. By the time the effect wears of, they have been taken to Joker’s funhouse where all the escaped villains are present and Scarecrow is able to douse the Justice Leaguers with fear gas, making them cowardly enough for the villains to torment them long enough to put them in molten kryptonite and more pheromones to boil them into soup. Robin notices this and goes to save the League.
Back in the Trogowog kingdom, Batman, Nightwing and Batgirl are held in the dungeon, stripped of their utility belts and imprisoned with Madame Mantis and the Trogowogs’ cowardly prince Grungle (the only trogowog not to fall victim of the Psyche Stone) who reveals that the Trogowogs were once a peaceful and friendly race, until Bane found out about their kingdom and used the Psyche Stone to teach them hatred and violence. In addition, he killed Grungles father and locked away Grungle. Luckily for the prisoners, Batman stashed away a brick separator and uses it to break them free. Unfortunately, they are recaptured after Bane threatens to kill them and Batman reluctantly succumbs to the Psyche Stone’s power (while repeatedly saying “Dance”) and reveals how to use the Forbidden move, which involves harnessing one’s own chi to create a projectile of destructive power. Back in Gotham, Robin is able to save the captive Justice Leaguers and they shake of the pheromones. Robin and the Justice League then leave the amusement park, causing the villains to believe that Gotham is now defenseless and theirs for the taking. Superman apologizes for ignoring Robin’s warnings and Robin teaches the Justice League the skills they need to defeat the villains.In the Trogowog kingdom, the trogowogs are fed with the knowledge of the Forbidden move, and Grungle is held hostage by Bane. When Deathstroke attempts to use the move to kill Batman, he immediately stops himself, believing that using it would be to easy. At that moment, Deathstroke regains his honour, helps Batman and co. to escape and allies with his former classmates against the Trogowog army. As the trogowogs are ready to kill Batman and Deathstroke, Batman utters “Batusi”, causing the trogowogs to dance uncontrollably. It turns out while Batman was under the power of the Psyche Stone, he applied a mental command in addition to the Forbidden move. At the same time, Nightwing and Batgirl arrive to free Grungle, but are pinned down by Bane’s use of a monolith.
12_Flying_Now_or_Later_thumb_5785c508224eb7.17461214This gives Grungle the courage to fight back against Bane and his small size allows him to avoid all attacks from Bane’s Venom-augmented physique. Freeing themselves from the monolith, Nightwing and Batgirl use the Psyche Stone to reveal Grungle’s battle with Bane to the other trogowogs. Grungle is able to defeat Bane by breaking the tubes of his Venom injector, reducing Bane to his normal form. In Gotham, one by one Scarecrow, Penguin and Poison Ivy are defeated by Robin and the Justice League and put back in Arkham Asylum. Joker and Harley Quinn have managed to tie Commissioner Gordon to the Bat-Signal until the Justice League arrive, free Commissioner Gordon and send Joker and Harley back to Arkham as well as confiscate “Spoony” so that Joker can’t dig his way out again. In the trogowog kingdom, Bane is locked in the dungeon, Grungle is made the new king and Deathstroke bids farewell to Batman (although he states that the team-up didn’t mean they were friends).lego-gotham-city-breakout-postBatman, Nightwing and Batgirl use the Psyche Stone to erase the Forbidden Move from the trogowogs memories and restore them to their normal, peaceful and friendly selves. They then leave back to Gotham and say their goodbyes. Back in the Batcave, The Justice League and Teen Titans discuss not to mention any of the events that happened while Batman was gone, but when Batman, Batgirl and Nightwing do return, Superman confesses. To his surprise, Batman actually congratulates him, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Robin for putting them back in Arkham. The Justice League and Teen Titans then continue their party.MMPR_Turkey_JerkFantastic. Very funny and entertaining. This is Bat-centric and features all the Bat family -Robin, Nightwing and Batgirl. Kids and adults will love it.

REVIEW: LEGO JUSTICE LEAGUE: COSMIC CLASH

CAST (VOICES)
Troy Baker (Iron Man Anime)
Nolan North  (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Grey Griffin (Batman vs Robin)
Kari Wahlgren (Justice League vs Teen Titans)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)
Yuri Lowenthal (Legion of Super Heroes)
James Arnold Taylor (Batman: The Brave and The Bold)
Khary Payton (Teen Titans)
Phil Morris (Smallville)
Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: TAS)
Jessica DiCicco (Gravity Falls)
Andy Milder (Seven Pounds)
Jason Spisak (Piranha 3D)
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 This is awesome!!! I have been a DC and Batman animated series for well over 2 decades, and I can honestly say I loved this movie. My kids were cracking up every few seconds. This just made the movie better for me, as it was a movie the whole family could enjoy. The characters are more child friendly and the including Batman’s costume design. They are using the blue cape and cowl instead of the black. However the best thing they did is that they keep the characters true to their core. cosmicclash3The characters. Superman is the most powerful character, but also the best liked they play up his good manners and naivety, (which is the opposite of how he is in the current New 52 comics); this is the way I remembered Superman growing up. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) is always jumping into battle head first simply to prove how fearless he is. Long-time fans will appreciate the continuity touch of him and Batman’s personality clash. Wonder Woman is the team protector and diplomat till you make her angry then the warrior Amazon comes out. Cyborg is inventor but still looking for acceptance from the teams big guns. Flash is portrayed as hyperactive and impatient, all the things that come with super speed, in the Lego universe he does not seem to be able to turn his posers off. I would love for the next move to focus more in him. Super girl has all of Superman’s powers but is a teenage worse a super powered teenage cheerleader. Batman is the main character in this story. Yes they do make him more kid friendly but they keep his dark, intensity, brooding, suspicious and workaholic personality that make him a bit of an outsider even to his friends in the justice League.
cosmicclash6After blasting the 3 most powerful members of the Justice League to different point in time shrinking the Earth and cataloguing it should be a breeze for the supercomputer that is Brainiac, right the only one left are the junior members and the Batman who does not even have any powers. This is great movie with lots of colourful characters and special attacks and moves for the youngsters, and then it has enough of a story and engagement and continuity to keep older/mature fans happy as well including appearances from “Elseworld” versions of characters. All in all a great movie for all fans of Lego or DC.
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REVIEW: LEGO – JUSTICE LEAGUE: ATTACK OF THE LEGION OF THE DOOM

CAST (VOICES)

Troy Baker (The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Grey DeLisle (Batman Beyond)
Tony Todd (The Flash)
Mark Hamill (Star Wars)
John DiMaggio (Futurama)
Tom Kenny (The Batman)
Nolan North (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Khary Payton (Teen Titans)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
James Arnold Taylor (Batman: The Brave and The Bold)
Cree Summer (Freakazoid)

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Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom. With this super powered team of terror and a plan to attack the top-secret government site, Area 52, can Lex finally be on the verge of victory? Sound the “Trouble Alert” and get ready for the bricks to fly when Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League face off against the world’s greatest Super-Villains!

A great film. carrying on were Lego Justice League: Bizarro World left off we see the first union of the baddies in the Lego universe. Although the Bizarro World film was good, it wasn’t fantastic. This time however Lego hits the nail on the head with plenty of laugh out loud moments, an entertaining and gripping storyline that’s easily graspable for its target audience, a fantastic cast of voice actors including the legendary Mark Hamill and to top it all off a really cool mini figure of the Trickster (Just need the rest of the Rogues to be released now).

Theres loads of potential in this Lego DC Universe and plenty to develop on and to introduce new and exciting ideas. Fun for all the family, adults and kids alike will find entertainment in the Justice Leagues first show down with the Legion of Doom and be left hungry for the next installment.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: LEGO: JUSTICE LEAGUE VS BIZARRO LEAGUE

CAST (VOICES)

Troy Baker (Dragon Ball Z)
Nolan North (Hulk Vs)
Diedrich Bader (Batman: The Brave and The Bold)
Tom Kenny (Spongebob)
Khary Payton (Teen Titans)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
James Arnold Taylor (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
Tony Todd (The Flash)
Kari Wahlgren (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
April Winchell (Extreme Ghostbusters)
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After a Bizarro makes a disastrous attempt to save kids on a playground who don’t need saving, Superman decides to take Bizarro to a new world he’s discovered which he has named Bizarro World. Flash forward one year and an attack on Lex Corp brings the Justice League to investigate, only to discover that Bizarro has stolen the duplicate ray and makes twins of the entire League. Now the heroes and their twisted twins must team up to defeat Darkseid and save Bizarro World.

While this short film follows LEGO Batman: The Movie , it’s not a direct sequel to those and doesn’t include anything related to the Brainiac tease that ended that film. It is more of a sequel to the Batman Be-Leagured TV special (more on that in the special features.) Between that first Lego Batman movie and The Lego Movie, there are some pretty big shoes to fill and this film does an admirable job. The voice work is good, with Troy Baker returning to play Batman and Tony Todd as Darkseid. While Lex Luthor is a minor character, I did miss Clancy Brown’s take on the character.

The rest of the cast rounds out the heroes and villains nicely so it’s a small gripe. The animation is once again very well done and we get a good mix of heroes and villains in bit parts. While the main cast is comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Guy Gardner’s Green Lantern as well as their bizarro counterparts, we’re treated to Hawkman, Flash, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Gorilla Grodd, Penguin, Deathstoke, Captain Cold and Giganta. It’s one of my favorite parts when all the characters keep popping in, making me wonder who else they might include, but at that point it’s off to Bizarro World and there aren’t any more surprise guests (well, I won’t spoil the end for you).

The special features are pretty decent, with a large selection of audio and subtitle languages, the usual trailer they squeeze on for other releases and three short pieces. Me Am Bizarro: The League of Opposites is a behind the scenes with some of the principles behind the film and a history of Bizarro and some insights into the production. Batman: Be-Leagured is the TV special that the main feature follows. It’s inclusion is important, it’s seems like it’s been relegated to a bonus when you should watch it first if you haven’t seen it. The final short is Be-Leagured Bloopers, which is just some goofy “out-takes from the TV special.


Overall it’s a pretty good release with the film being solid and thankfully keeping it brief at 49 minutes. Any longer and it would have overstayed it’s welcome. It’s a good addition if you’ve enjoyed the other Lego movies and the Batzarro mini-fig pack in is a cool extra.

REVIEW: LEGO: BATMAN: BE-LEAGUERED

CAST (VOICES)

Troy Baker (The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Grey DeLisle (Batman Beyond)
John DiMaggio (Futurama)
Tom Kenny (The Batman)
Nolan North (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Khary Payton (Teen Titans)
Paul Reubens (Batman Returns)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
James Arnold Taylor (Batman: The Brave and The Bold)

maxresdefaultSuperman wants Batman to join his new superhero team called the Justice League, but Batman prides himself on being a self-sufficient loner. After he defeats the Penguin, who was trying to steal a priceless jewel as well as Man-Bat and Joker Superman flies out, but he then disappears along with the villains and the gem.Because of his disappearance, Batman calls in the Flash to help with his search for Superman. The Flash travels around the world with Batman following in the Batwing until they find Captain Cold trying to steal hieroglyphics. Flash and Batman fight him, but Flash disappears mid fight while Batman is frozen solid without his utility belt. Batman thaws and defeats Cold, but he and the hieroglyphics disappear. Batman then asks Aquaman for help in the Batboat, but they find Black Manta and his robot sharks trying to steal the Trident of Poseidon. Batman once again wins the fight, but Aquaman, Black Manta, and the trident all disappear.Batman then goes to Metropolis, where Wonder Woman and Cyborg are fighting Lex Luthor, who is trying to steal the Daily Planet Globe for an anonymous buyer. Once again, the Justice League members disappear, Batman defeats the villain, but Lex and the globe disappear. Batman deduces that Bat-Mite is behind it, and travels to the Justice League headquarters at the Hall of Justice (the last place he wanted to go) where Bat-Mite prepared a trap for the Justice League including all of the stolen items. Batman does nothing which Bat-Mite did not expect. But he did hint them that since the cage was immune to their powers, they shouldn’t use them, and they escaped by opening the door. Batman promptly accepts the invitation to the Justice League. Bat-Mite summons the villains, but they are easily defeated by the combined might of the Justice League, so Bat-Mite decides that instead of cheering on one hero, he should cheer on an entire team. Before disappearing, Bat-Mite makes the villains disappear. The rest of the Justice League is pleased that Batman is on their teamlego-Batman_Be_Leaguered_US-Full-Image_GalleryBackground-en-GB-1487883260562._SX1080_The locations and models featured are fun, but I do believe that Batman has always worked better as a loner and doesn’t gel with the rest of the shared DC universe due to the inconsistent tones. Composer Tim Kelly could have made this felt a bit more cohesive by using the familiar themes but once again he just gives us a cartoon score. Definitely worth watching, if unremarkable.

REVIEW: LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC SUPER HEROES UNITE

 

CAST (VOICES)

Troy Baker (Dragon Ball Z)
Travis Willingham (Marvel Anime)
Christopher Corey Smith (The Twelve Kingdoms)
Clancy Brown (Highlander)
Brian Bloom (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
Steve Blum (Wolverine and The X-Men)
Cam Clarke (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987)
Townsend Coleman (Fraggle Rock)
Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs)
Charlie Schlatter (Batman Unlimited)

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The movie begins with Batman and Superman taking on Lex Luthor and flashes back to the “Man of the Year” award ceremony which quickly gets out of control when the Joker leads a group of villains (including the Penquin, Harley Quinn, Riddler, Two-Face and Catwoman) to crash the party. And what better way to stop a villain team up then by getting together a few “super” friends like Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg and The Flash. There are plenty of other characters that show up along the way as well.

The film itself is fun for all ages, with enough Lego humor for the kids and plenty of jokes that will probably be over their heads including references to the Batman films going all the way back to the 1960s. Kudos to the design team for their parody of the original 1989 Batman film opening, as well as the use of that iconic Danny Elfman music and the John Williams Superman score. The voice work is solid and though I prefer the voice cast of Arkham Asylum, this group of actors does a wonderful job portraying these characters in a more kid friendly way.

The bonus features are great as well and include a short feature called “Building Batman” behinds the scenes in the Lego animation studio with a few kids getting to work with the resident animator, 2 episodes of The Brave and the Bold and one from Teen Titans, a Lego Batman stop-motion short, and 5 winning shorts from the Lego DC Universe Super Heroes Video Contest. There are various languages options but unfortunately no commentary which I would have loved to hear from the director or lead animator about the production. The pack-in of Clark Kent with the “S” exposed is a nice add on for Lego collectors as well.

Ultimately this is a great release. It’s a fun film for all ages and  worth a look.