Monday, July 25, 2016

Justice League: Gotham City Breakout

Another lukewarm entry to the LEGO DC Super Heroes line, Justice League: Gotham City Breakout features two separate stories. First, Nightwing (Will Friedle) and Batgirl (Sarah Hyland) convince Batman (Troy Baker) to finally take a vacation leaving Gotham City in the hands of Superman (Nolan North). The trip to visit his old teacher Madame Mantis (Amy Hill) unveils a plot by Deathstroke (John DiMaggio) and Bane (Eric Bauza) to use a normally peaceful underground tribe to take over the world. While providing its moments, the adventure begins to drag during its second-half.

The other storyline features Superman having more trouble with the super-villains of Gotham City than he expected. Tricked by the Joker (Jason Spisak), Superman accidentally causes a break-out at Arkham Asylum. Even calling on the help of Cyborg (Khary Payton) and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), the heroes struggle to stop the chaos eventually allowing Robin (Scott Menville) to show them what crime-fighting in Gotham is all about.

A clever idea that struggles with execution, the latest feature does offer a more feature-length story this time around but struggles to find enough content to fill its full running time. It is notable for the inclusion of several Teen Titans (all of whom are voiced by the actors from Teen Titans Go!), but is neither as fun nor memorable as you would hope. Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, than a digital copy of the movie the feature is lacking in extras. The only bonus here is the inclusion of a LEGO Nightwing minifig in his blue-v costume (which he's returned to in DC: Rebirth but is oddly not wearing in the movie).

[Warner Home Video, Blu-ray $24.98 / DVD $19.98]

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