The film begins with Batman (Will Arnett) at the absolute top of his game, saving the city day after day and making roundhouse trips to orphanages in order to test out his merch-gun. Life is pretty sweet. Or at least it was, until everything changes. The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) is growing tired of Batman’s disrespectful, unappreciative behaviour towards their constant games of cat and mouse, wanting nothing more than to be looked upon as Batman’s greatest enemy. So he, and every other villain, gives themselves in to new Gotham commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson). For the first time in Gotham’s history, crime has come to a halt.
The film’s writers have gone up and beyond to deliver a high energy, never ending bundle of laughs. This is a film that knows exactly what it is, pleasing more than just its target audience and bringing with it every Batman pun possible. Poking and prodding at the entire cinematic history of DC’s most well known character, which funnily enough serves as the catalyst for my favourite joke in the movie, is not hard. Batman’s past brings with it plenty to make fun of, but it’s choosing what to say when that’s the hard part, and almost every joke works. The entire first act is sheer perfection, laying the groundwork for what seems to be an excellent movie, although perhaps these expectations were placed just a little too high.
What this second act does best, however, is lay the groundwork for the third act to come. Everybody gets a thorough character arc, and it’s during this second act where a lot of that comes into tuition. This, of course, leads into an explosive and endlessly exciting third act in which everything previously set up culminates into an absolute riot of a finale. The bat-puns are back, now with even more members of the Batman family teaming up and naturally bringing with them plenty of daft humour and erratic set pieces. The film goes out with a bang, all before concluding with a musical number that’s… uh… a little strange, not that catchy and clearly living in the shadow of The LEGO Movie’s ‘Everything Is Awesome!!’ But hey, I mean, it allowed for extra time spent with these oh-so-lovable characters, and that’s never a bad thing.
You May Also Like: