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The Dark Knight sees the light in opening up his heart.

He might be a dark, brooding superhero, but can Batman stop his newfound family from "Robin" his heart?

Chris Mckay's computer animated The Lego Batman Movie takes us into the universe of Lego Gotham City, where lone-vigilante Batman (Will Arnett) is out and about saving the people from the evil doings of Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and his minions.

When major changes loom in the city and his life, Batman must come to terms with the fact that he cannot fight crime without a team.

Here are three surprising reveals from The Lego Batman Movie(Don't worry, *no major spoilers*)

1. A love affair between two surprising characters 

While The Lego Batman Movie was never intended to be a romance movie, the whole movie is based on the interdependent relationship Batman has with the Joker. Without the Joker committing crimes, Batman has no way to keep up his crime-fighting days.

While this angle has been explored before in previous Batman movies such as The Dark Knight, The Lego Batman Movie makes this arc hilariously more intense. 

The Joker is really a new age, sensitive guy
BEHIND THE EVIL SMILE LIES A HEART OF VULNERABILITY.
PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER ANIMATION GROUP

As the Joker is about to make his escape in one scene, he calls himself "Batman's greatest enemy", which Batman denies and says: "I'm fighting a few bad guys at once, okay?"

The love-hate relationship between the two characters keeps the story afloat, although the Joker's pining for Batman's attention through most of the film left me wondering if Harley Quinn ever slapped Joker in the face to knock some sense into him.

2. A Batcave full of pop-culture references

The Lego Batman Movie doesn't make many references to the previous Lego film, but creates an entirely new universe of its own.

The movie gives a nod to previous Batman movies throughout the years, as well as taking several cheeky stabs at superheroes from even the Marvel universe, which left me in stitches.

Nice nod to the Batmen of the past
IN THE BATCAVE, WE CAN SEE PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF THE BATMAN COSTUME,
A NOD TO PREVIOUS INCARNATIONS OF THE RENOWNED CHARACTER.
PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER ANIMATION GROUP

The villians also came from all facets of pop-culture, with Voldermort, the Eye of Sauron, and even the British Darleks from Doctor Who making appearances in the film, even though they were slightly inaccurate (you can't "accio " a lightning storm, Voldy).

3. Batman faces #firstworldproblems too

The action packed movie had me sitting at the edge of my seat, with almost back-to-back explosions in the film. This left me slightly confused because there were so many things at one time it was hard to focus on what was happening in the scene.

Nevertheless, the way the movie broke the fourth wall and highlights Batman's relatable #firstworldproblems really got to me.

We all know that feel, Batman
BATMAN DOING MUNDANE, EVERYDAY TASKS GOT THE WHOLE CINEMA LAUGHING.
PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER ANIMATION GROUP 

Just like you and me, even Batman can't escape from the clutches of having to wait for the microwave to heat your food up, after having punched in the wrong timing.

The movie does a great job at showing that Batman really is just like any one of us, who deals with his father figure, butler Alfred Pennyworth (Ralph Fiennes), setting a parental lock on his computer. 

People actually recognised me!
I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THE PREMIERE THAT I DRESSED UP AS ROBIN!
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/AUDREY LEONG

Overall, The Lego Batman Movie is definitely a must watch for fans and non-fans alike, and I would definitely go see it again.

The Lego Batman Movie (rated PG) opens in cinemas Feb 9.

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