Lego Batman is a series of action-adventure video game developed by Travellers Tales, published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, and released in 2008 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Mac OS X and Wii video gaming platforms. The game is based on the comic book character Batman and the Lego Batman toy line, who also handled marketing and financial aspects of the game. The game is based on a licensed property, and has environments, objects, and creatures made out of Lego. Lego Batman is the first LEGO Adaptation Game to have an original story.
LEGO Batman 1
- Another Side, Another Story: After playing through an episode as Batman and Robin, you unlock another episode where you can play as the villains.
- Bad Boss: Mad Hatter pushes a Mook into Toxic Waste For the Evulz.
- Butt Monkey: Robin
- Captain Obvious: Some tutorial tips.
Game tutorial tip: Toxic waste is poisonous.
LEGO Batman 2
- Advertised Extra: Despite featuring heavily in the game's marketing, most of the DC heroes don't show up until the game's penultimate level.
- An Aesop: Batman learns that relying on others or asking them for help isn't a sign of weakness.
- Anti-Frustration Features: Superman's invulnerability in Batman 2 and 3 makes Free Playing levels for collectibles much easier, since you don't need to be preoccupied with defeating the swarms of enemies, or avoiding harmful obstacles while searching for minikits.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Joker robot. A grinning Humongous Mecha made by Lex Corp.
- Batman Gambit: Amusingly used against Batman in Lego Batman 2. Lex Luthor needs Kryptonite to fuel his Deconstructor; the Joker knows Batman has plenty of Kryptonite hidden somewhere, so he makes synthetic Kryptonite with a built in homing device. Batman takes the fake Kryptonite back to his vault, leading Joker and Luthor right to the Batcave.
- Camera Screw: In the very last level of LEGO Batman 2, you need Superman to get a minikit just because the camera won't let you look at the gold-plated helicopter as Cyborg.
- Captain Oblivious: Lex's receptionist in LEGO Batman 2:
Superman: We're here to see Lex Luthor.
Receptionist: Uh huh. And you are?
(Superman and Batman look at each other in disbelief)
Superman: I'm Superman. He's Batman.
Receptionist: Are those last names?
Superman: Just one name each.
Batman: Like Madonna.
- Justified, as it turned out that the receptionist was a robot.
LEGO Batman 3
- Adam Westing: From The Man himself.
- An Aesop: Batman learns that you don't have to bottle up your emotions, it's OK to express them.
- All Your Powers Combined: Batman and Robin's Adam West and Burt Ward costumes will have the abilities of all their special suits.
- As Himself: Adam West, Kevin Smith, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
- An early boss in Lego Batman 3 is a giant Batman made of bats, controlled by a Brainwashed and Crazy Batman.
- Superman is enlarged and mind-controlled by Brainiac to be the final boss of Lego Batman 3.
- Badass Adorable: Solomon Grundy especially under the Blue Lantern energy and Dex-Starr
- Bait and Switch: Used at the ending. Lego Batman 4 being a crossover with Lego Marvel Super Heroes?! Nah, just Aquaman and a few other heroes coming back with pizza.
- Bowdlerization / Disneyfication:
- Kevin Smith has to do this to himself in Lego Batman 3, because it's a kid's game. The emphasis in some of his lines is a bit suspect and maybe evidence of his well-observed instinct to go all Cluster F-Bomb, but of course he can't.
- The Squad DLC pack in Batman 3 is clear but necessary censorship of the Suicide Squad name. This is odd because the alternative name, Task Force X, was not used.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Brainiac manages to brainwash Batman, Green Lantern and Superman at various points.
- Canon Immigrant: Several Batman characters from the animated canons appear as playable characters, ex. The Grey Ghost and Condiment King from Batman: The Animated Series and the Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- Meta Guy/ No Fourth Wall: Green Arrow, of all characters, since his DLC level supposedly takes place in the ''Arrow TV Universe. For instance, the level begins as a flashback, a full 9 years before Oliver takes up the Green Arrow title. So how does he respond to this Continuity Snarl?
Oliver Queen: For the continuity police, out there, sometimes I like to imagine myself back on the island in my Arrow costume, okay?
Oliver: My experiences on the island changed me. Sometimes, they even changed me into a small, plastic version of myself.
- He's also fully aware of change in his appearance too.