Warner Bros. Animation’s newest film, LEGO DC Super Heroes - Justice League: Cosmic Clash, takes us on a ride through space and time, and it’s a fun one!
When Brainiac decides that he needs Earth for his collection of planets, he realizes that he will have to go through the biggest super team on the planet, the Justice League. The devious villain Brainiac knows his chances of taking on the whole team will be better if he zaps the strongest members of the team, into different time periods. After Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern all get lost in different eras, Batman and The Flash have to race against time to reassemble the Justice League. Meanwhile, Cyborg and Supergirl are in a battle with Brainiac’s army of drones, in the present.
What I love about the LEGO Super Heroes franchise is that it doesn’t take itself seriously. Warner Bros. Animation and LEGO both know that the point of playing with LEGOs is that it’s all about imagination and creating your own world where anything can happen. With that being said, there isn’t much to complain about in these films because there is no lack of imagination and unpredictability.
In this animated film in particular, we see some of the most iconic comic book heroes go through different time periods and with that, in the LEGO world, that means each hero has an alternate wardrobe for whatever time period they land in. I don’t want to get into spoilers too much but one of my favorite alternate wardrobes was “Batbeard", which is Batman dressed as a pirate. Simple things such as wardrobes changes, cameos by other super heroes and references to different things in pop culture, make this a really fun film to watch.
Another great thing about this film is that if you are a comic book fan in your adulthood and you happen to have children, this is such a great way introduce your children into the world of comic books. The story is simple enough for younger children to follow along and it is entertaining enough for the older audience to sit down with the children and watch it with them. All the heroes are portrayed well and this film even introduces the Legion of Super Heroes into the LEGO DC Super Heroes universe. It has a pretty decent runtime of 78 minutes which isn’t bad for an animated feature. You could argue that the runtime of the film could have been longer but let’s face it, sometimes a child’s attention span has its limits.
I give this film an 8.5 out of 10.