The LEGO Batman Movie is a fun, silly and superb ode to one of the most iconic DC character of all times. Despite being a LEGO-lized adventure of the dark knight, the film successfully juggled the trademark LEGO humor with a character-driven storyline that left the audience wanting for more. But what actually set The LEGO Batman Movie from rest of the LEGO DC movies is the sheer amount of Easter Eggs spanning over six decades of rich Batman culture. While some like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was too obvious, there were plenty of other easter eggs you probably would have missed on your first watch. So fret not, we bring you 9 Easter Eggs from The LEGO Batman Movie that you probably missed.
1. The Plane Hijacking Scene & Score From The Dark Knight Rises –
The opening plane hijacking scene by Joker and his thugs have a striking resemblance to the one performed by Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. And with Hans Zimmersque background music, this whole scene has Nolan’s Batman trilogy vibe all over it. Heck, even the opening logos of WB have the same blueish filter like in The Dark Knight.
2. The Dark Knight Joker’s Reference –
When Joker reveals his evil scheme to co-pilot of McGuffin Airlines, the co-pilot is hardly afraid of him. He taunts Joker that Batman will stop him as always. He also recalls Joker about his two boat/ferry plan that failed so spectacularly.
3. Killer Croc’s Suicide Squad Reference –
Killer Croc’s line “I did something!” is hands down a bold reference to 2016’s Suicide Squad, where Croc, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was a member who did almost nothing in service of the story. Killer Croc was ripped apart by critics for being just a crowd filler in Suicide Squad. And guess what, DC/WB didn’t hesitate to subtly apologize from their fans.
4. Justice League 57th Anniversary Party –
The Justice League of America members are celebrating their 57th anniversary because the comic debuted 57 years ago in 1960. The JLA party crowd has iconic members like Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman; newer member Cyborg; and more obscure heroes from the JLA’s long history, including Samurai, El Dorado, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, and the Wonder Twins, who were all created for the cheesy Hanna-Barbara Super Friends cartoon. The green-caped Wonder Dog, not Krypto, is the party DJ.
5. The Many Costumes of Batman –
This picture alone has over ten easter eggs comprising of costumes worn by Batman in his several decades of crime fighting career. We have future Batman Terry McGinnis’ costume from Batman Beyond, current Batman costume from DCEU, Arctic Bat costume from Batman & Robin, Com Bat costume from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Knightmare (no, it’s not spelled wrong!) scene and tons of other.
6. The Dark Knight’s “You Complete Me” Reference –
We see Batman watching Jerry Maguire’s signature scene where Tom Cruise tells Renee Zellweger “You complete me,” which totally has to be a nod to the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker says the same thing to Batman.
7. The Suicide Squad Reference –
When Batman remarks that recruiting a group of criminals to fight other criminals is a stupid idea, he’s taking a dig at Suicide Squad. But in the end, *SPOILERS* he accepts help from Gotham’s deadliest to save the city from slieu of more dangerous villains.
8. The Eerily Familiar Voice of LEGO Bane –
While the Lego Bane has his comic counterpart’s famed luchador mask, as well as the over-juiced steroid wrestler aesthetic, his voice is unmistakably a loving parody of Tom Hardy’s own unique vocalizations from The Dark Knight Rises. And it’s freaking hilarious. He also appears to be wearing a way too small fur coat, which also likely references the bold fashion choices made by Hardy’s villainous demagogue.
9. Siri or Batcomputer?
Okay, I don’t know about you, but I caught this easter egg in my third viewing. The voice of Batcomputer in the movie is lent by Susan Bennett, otherwise known as the voice of Apple’s Siri. Fine, this one’s ain’t related to any Batman reference, but still, I think it’s a cool easter egg, don’t you think?