With that many colons in the title, you just know that Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash is marketed on brand recognition for children. However, that is not always a bad thing.
The LEGO series of superhero movies have hit a great formula and provide a fun experience for kids and nerdy parents. With enough colourful action for the small ones, and a good sense of fan service and pop culture references for the parents, you could do far worse than Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash for a crowd pleaser.
The plot sits about as far away from Batman v Superman as is humanly possible. For instance, Brainiac begins the plot by attacking Earth, because he needs specimens from a planet that start with the letters “EA.” His entire motivation is centred on his library system being complete. To get the heroes out of the way, Brainiac manages to separate them across time and space, stranding each of the Justice League members in a different time period.
The set-up immediately tells us that what we have is a chance for as many different Lego playsets as possible to come into action. Wonder Women fighting dinosaurs is so totally a child playing with LEGO dream. It also fits so nicely with what we’ve seen before in the crazy world of comics that it seems almost like a dream match come true.
The voice cast do a good job, and there’s a nice mix of cartoony action and humour at all times. The conclusion is probably fairly predictable, but there’re enough detours along the way to make the trip exciting.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash is fun and fun for a lot of people. It does what it sets out to do very well, which not all movies can claim.