I suggest reading my review of The LEGO Batman Movie as soon as possible. It is full of praise about the outrageous fun and creative take on DC’s iconic superhero. I could not wait to get my hands on DK Publishing’s The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide, as it covers the characters, vehicles and locations in this spectacular little world, but is easy enough for kids to pick up and enjoy as well.
The 63-page book opens with an introduction from Batman himself and he is fiercely confident as usual. He welcomes us into his world, Gotham City, which he has just recently saved…again. Because we are cool we get to meet all his friends and are privy to the secrets of his lifestyle. So let’s dig in!
The resulting pages are filled with LEGO goodness and fun facts, beginning with Batman. He is an unmatched Master Builder which probably helps in saving the city. If you want to be like Batman, he offers some great tips, but just being true to yourself is awesome too. Spoiler Alert: Billionaire Bruce Wayne is actually Batman….ssss roommate. Bruce Wayne lost his parents at an early age, but rose to become the richest businessman in all of Gotham.
In what could be the greatest LEGO build of all-time (if it existed) the book reveals Wayne Manor, a grand design of (LEGO) craftsmanship. Guests are hardly welcome, probably because the Batcave is deep below Batman…err…Bruce Wayne’s home. The Batcave houses all of the Dark Knight’s gadgets, costumes and Batmobiles! The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide covers Batman’s current vehicle, the Speedwagon, but you can read about the rest of Batman’s sweet rides in my easter egg guide.
Any great Super Hero needs a Super Villain. In The LEGO Batman Movie, that villain is the sinister funnyman, The Joker. These two guys have a deep history together and Joker believes he is Batman’s biggest nemesis. He might be right because he enlists the worst-of-the-worst bad guys to help him defeat the Dark Knight and control Gotham City once and for all. This book covers nearly all of them in fantastic detail, including stats and their vehicle of choice.
If Batman has any hope in defeating Joker, he will need help. Luckily, the new Commissioner of Gotham, Barbara Gordon is up to the task. Spoiler Alert: she becomes Batgirl! Pink costume? No thanks! Batgirl unveils the purple cowl and yellow gadget belt in her fight alongside Batman against the forces of evil. But that’s not all! The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide also gives an in-depth look into Dick Grayson, Batman’s adopted sidekick…err…I meant Bruce’s adopted son. Dick always wanted to be adopted by “the most successful orphan ever,” he’s basically Bruce’s biggest fan! Dick finds the Batcave below and learns that Bruce Wayne really is Batman! I know…mind blown! After earning Batman’s trust, Dick becomes Robin! Now comes the cutest section of the book, Dick pens a heart-warming salute to his dads, Bruce and Batman. But enough of that, “let’s get grooving!”
The final pages guide us through the epic battle of good versus evil. I don’t want to spoil everything for you, but we do learn one very important lesson: be the change you want to see in the world. Batman learns he can’t defeat Joker’s mega-army alone and so he learns to embrace the help of family and friends to take Gotham back. There are so many great characters covered in The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide and so the publisher provides a useful quiz to help us understand who we relate to the most in Batman’s universe.
Overall, The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide is a quick, fun little read that’s probably best enjoyed surrounded by your kids. I took my children to see The LEGO Batman Movie and we had fun reading the book together a few days later. The best part of the film is the characters and that’s exactly what DK publishers focus on in their guide. The artwork isn’t on par with many DK offerings; the look at Wayne Manor is the crown jewel of that department. The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide is available now at local bookstores and online at PenguinRandomHouse.com
The LEGO Batman Movie is now playing in theaters.