Today was the premiere of the new special on Cartoon Network of LEGO DC Comics: LEGO Batman Be-Leaguered. The show incorporates a lot of existing LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes sets that have already been released as well minifigures that will be released next year. There are major spoilers ahead so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, you can watch it on Cartoon Network for free.
The show starts off with Batman fending off Man-Bat, the Penguin, and the Joker in a museum to protect the World’s Largest Gem. Superman is also unexpectedly showed up but not to assist Batman but to recruit him to the Justice League in which Batman refers to him as the “Alien.”
With the annoyance of Superman, Batman manages to defeat all three of his foes (with the help of Superman’s heat vision on the Penguin) but at a price. Superman somehow disappears into thin air and the World’s Largest Gem also disappears in front of Batman’s eyes.
Back at the Batcave, Batman is trying to figure out what made Superman disappear. Reluctantly, he calls the Flash for help. Alfred, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin also show up in this scene but that’s the last time we see them in the show. At the end of this scene, Superman is woken up by a mysterious character who has imprisoned him.
In the next scene, Batman and the Flash travel to Egypt where they find ice on the pyramids and deduce that Captain Cold is in the area. There Cold is freezing an obelisk. Flash disappears too while trying to help Batman and Batman gets frozen by Cold. Fortunately, Batman was wearing a special super thermal heated over-underwear and frees himself from the ice. Cold’s retaliation shot ricochets off a piece of glass and freezes himself instead. After, Captain Cold and the obelisk disappears as well but not before Batman sees the Atlantean hieroglyphics on it. Again, Batman has to enlist help from another super hero.
Batman is now underseas in his Batsub with Aquaman swimming beside him who also suggests that he join the Justice League. There they find Black Manta who is trying to steal the Sacred Trident of Poseidon. Black Manta calls on the help of some robot sharks who chase after Batman. The sharks tear up the Batsub but Batman engages a self-destruct mechanism and everything blows up. Black Manta manages to free the Trident from the statue but the structure collapses. After that, Aquaman, Black Manta, and the Trident all disappear as well.
Soon after, Batman realizes the real crime was the kidnapping of the Justice League members. He also figures out whoever is kidnapping them will also be going after Wonder Woman and Cyborg so he flies to Metropolis them to warn them. There he finds Wonder Woman and Cyborg engaged in battle against Power Armor Lex Luthor who is trying to steal the Daily Planet Globe for the mysterious benefactor. Cyborg for some weird reason is a really big fan of Batman and is excited to work with him.
After Batman is told of Luthor’s plans, Wonder Woman and Cyborg disappears like the rest of their Justice League members. Batman is captured by Luthor and the mech hands but slips out to defeat Luthor. The globe and Luthor also disappear. At that time, Batman figures out who has been kidnapping the Justice League and stealing the items.
Batman goes to the last place he would think of showing up to, the Hall of Justice. Inside, he finds a Batman museum and he calls out Bat-Mite who is using the missing items to create an Incredibly Over-Complicated Death Trap to destroy the Justice League members. Bat-Mite is hoping that Batman will save them but Batman refuses to and notes that Bat-Mite’s magic unfairly counters their super powers. *Hint hint*
Bat-Mite sets the trap in motion and it appears that the Justice League is destroyed but they suddenly appear. Superman explains that since Bat-Mite’s magic blocks their super powers, they just escape without using any powers, by simply opening the door. Bat-Mite’s plan has been foiled and Batman realizes that he does belong in the Justice League. Bat-Mite calls on the villains that he also “kidnapped” and the final battle begins. Ultimately, the Justice League wins and the criminals are locked up while Bat-Mite admires their work.
Instead of just admiring Batman, Bat-Mite decides to root for the whole Justice League to their chagrin. Batman goes on to his original plan of following up on the “alien” Superman and laughs maniacally as the show ends.
Again, if you haven’t watched the LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered yet or want to watch it again, head over to Cartoon Network to watch it for free.