The LEGO company is one of the most universally recognized and loved entities on the entire planet. The popular Danish toy company started out manufacturing children’s playthings in 1949 but over the decades (especially within the last few years), LEGO has extended its well-known empire to video games and animated feature films. With DC Comics and Marvel Comics partnering up with LEGO, children have certainly been treated to fun and imaginative entertainment in recent times. Last year’s insanely popular The Lego Movie brought the successful company to new heights and their newest direct-to-video animated film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League continues to ride that gravy train.
Like all LEGO movies, Justice League vs. Bizarro League is more of the same. Introducing some well-known and not so well-known DC Comics characters, the story is cute and perfect for kids focusing on Batman as he shows genuine mistrust of Superman and alien background. Wacky villain Bizarro soon shows up and causes trouble for the Justice League. Eventually, the same methods which created Bizarro are used on all of the members of the Justice League, creating a totally opposite band of heroes or “villains”. Soon both teams are up against supervillain Darkseid and chaos ensues.
While the story in Justice League vs. Bizarro League is juvenile, bordering on ridiculous, one must remember which demographic this film is targeted at. This animated adventure is tailor-made for the young ones. The packaging even includes LEGO minifigure of Batzarro to bring a clever interactive feel to the viewing experience. It also tempts kids to make their parents buy them LEGO toys to expand their playtime enterprises. The animation also is nothing short of spectacular and should be strongly commended. LEGO definitely knows what they’re doing and Justice League vs. Bizarro League is excellent proof of that.
Fans of the DC Universe will appreciate the incorporation of some of their favorite characters. The Justice League is comprised of staples Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and newcomer Cyborg. There is also a wide array of villains who pose a significant threat, chiefly Darkseid, the alien being who basically wants to take over the universe. One can feel very nostalgic when watching Justice League vs. Bizarro League because it has a very strong similarity to the Super Friends cartoon from the 1970s and 1980s. Children from that era can enjoy a new era of DC superhero fun with their own kids, nieces or nephews. LEGO has certainly taken the beloved heroes and villains of the comic books and added a new dimension to them. The brick world in which they have now been placed offers new challenges and exciting possibilities and most importantly, fun for the whole family.
Blu-ray Bonus Features
The bonus features for Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League are, well, super. There is a 22-minute Batman: Be-Leagured TV Special, a Bizarro! – Featurette, Be-Leagured Bloopers and last but certainly not least, there is a LEGO minifigure of Batzarro included in the packaging.