Excited About The LEGO Batman Movie Check Out These 5 Comics

first_imgStay on target The LEGO Batman Movie comes out this Friday and is most definitely something to be excited about. The LEGO Movie was one of the biggest surprises of 2014, with a great premise and an even better cast that left kids and adults wanting more. Three years later, we are getting a spin-off featuring the Batman from that movie, a version of the character who has all of his personality traits turned up to 11. If Kanye West were Batman, it probably wouldn’t be much different than the animated Batman played by Will Arnett. The movie looks to be taking cues from every previous depiction of the character, diving headfirst into the dark and convoluted lore of Batman and his Bat-Family. If all of the early reviews are to be believed, this movie is going to be just as big a hit as its brick-built predecessor. If you can’t wait until Friday, or have already seen it and need more, here are some comics that I recommend to fill the little Bat-shaped hole in your life.via DC ComicsWhile Will Arnett’s version of Batman may be incredibly self-centered, this movie doesn’t shy away from the extended Bat-family the way that almost every other modern screen depiction of the character has. Dick Grayson/Robin and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl play a huge role in the film, and what better way to celebrate that than by reading the amazing Batgirl: Year One and Robin: Year One, both of which were written by veteran comics writer Chuck Dixon. Cute, fun stories about the respective sidekicks, these stories take place in the first months of both of their crime-fighting careers. The two series have since been released as a single collected edition, which can be found online at Comixology.via DC ComicsEmbracing the more colorful elements of Batman as a character has been scarce lately, with DC choosing to focus on the more grounded, gritty versions of the character. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo broke this streak recently, in their Superheavy storyline, which found Jim Gordon operating as Batman during Bruce Wayne’s absence. A crazy, electric storyline which featured monsters, a Robocop-like Batman suit, and all of the quirks that came with Jim as Batman, Superheavy did not last long, but it will not be forgotten. The storyline was collected in volume 8 of Snyder and Capullo’s New 52 run on Batman, and it is available online.via DC ComicsAn anthology series, Superman/Batman, did an amazing job of taking the Caped Crusader out of his comfort zone as he went on adventures with the Man of Steel, as they faced off against every threat imaginable, and even some that were unimaginable. Running over 80 issues in the 2000’s, Superman/Batman was not always perfect, but it was almost always a nice change of pace for the characters. The series has since been collected and is available online.via DC ComicsBatgirl doesn’t get a lot of focus, and while the LEGO Batman Movie gives her a much bigger role in the lore of Batman, her role as a character in the DC Universe has been consistently underappreciated. One of the best runs on the character came recently from writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden K. Fletcher, as well as artist Bab Tarr for DC Comics’ New 52 line. Fun, cute, with plenty of motorcycle chases and butt kicking, the run only lasted for 17 issues before being rebooted in the DC Rebirth. The series has since been collected into three volumes which are available online.via DC ComicsYes, that is a caveman Batman. Grant Morrison’s Return of Bruce Wayne might tonally be very different from the LEGO Batman Movie, but both have a great understanding of the character and his mythos. Stranded in time by the villain known as Darkseid, The Return of Bruce Wayne follows Bruce as he must fight his way back through time in different Bat-costumes, even at one point being a Pilgrim during the Colonial era. A fun, action-packed romp that isn’t afraid to embrace the wackier Silver Age roots of the character, Return is a great read for anyone interested in the Bat-mythos. A six issue mini-series, Return has since been collected and is available online. DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to SDCCFinally, Batman Gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star last_img

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