WHEN two tired brands such as Lego and DC Comics decided to merge on film, nobody expected the films to be great - but they are.
Same as The Lego Movie in 2014, Lego Batman revitalises the brands to the point where Lego will be 2017's hottest toy again and Batman, free from the shackles of Ben Affleck's cardboard acting, is again his funny and camp self.
This film is close to being the best Batman film ever. It features The Joker, and it plays up with the dynamic between both of them as a tired, long-term relationship when one partner is not willing to admit the romance has lasted too long to be just a casual affair.
Then there is the funny-as-hell take on the weird sidekick-son relationship with Robin, the perennial child-superhero, because the day he is a fully grown man things will get even weirder.
Fear not, Barbara Gordon is Batman's romantic interest.
All criticisms of gay undertones are only that.
Batman's strange friendship with Superman, his social ineptitude, his emotional creepiness - they are all there, turned into open and well-aired comedy.
Also, every villain in the history of pop culture makes a cameo.
The film works for children because it has lots of action and, well, it's Lego.
My children loved it and they did not get half of the actual jokes in this film.
I loved it so much I watched it twice, and the second time it was even better.
The only shame is the fact that this film was delayed almost three months for its premiere in Australia, but since the final product is so good it will still be an excellent big screen experience.
Lego Batman is true to the franchise, funny and well-paced with enough action for everyone in the family to enjoy.
The Lego Batman Movie
Stars: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson
Director: Chris McKay
Verdict: 4.5/5 stars