- Author's Saving Throw: After a trio of badly received films featuring Batman, this film comes along and basically admits the current dark and gritty takes on Batman outside the comics haven't been handled well and are sacrificing fun and excitement in favor of overdone moodiness and extreme violence, perhaps showing DC has been taking fan complaints to heart. The LEGO Batman Movie seems to be following the same train of thought.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Evil Batman forcing Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara to do a Shameful Strip. Even with some of the other weirdness going on in the film this is pretty awkward.
- Critical Dissonance: Although very well-received by those who went to it, the Fathom Events midnight theatrical premiere was a financial disappointment with low attendance, given that the movie lacked the instant draw of a notorious story like The Killing Joke to pull in more self-serious fans.
- Ending Fatigue: Some fans could definitely get this impression. Having an evil Batman is certainly a villain to end all villains, especially for the '66 continuity, but the movie goes on for another fifteen or so minutes after he's beaten. That time is spent on a fairly rote climax where the Dynamic Duo (plus Catwoman) take on Joker, Penguin, and Riddler again — and even more disappointingly, they're not up to anything bigger than knocking over some museums.
- Fridge Brilliance: Depending on if this is supposed to be exactly the same continuity as the '66 show and movie, and if the sequel takes place before or after this one, Catwoman's sacrifice towards the end could explain why Eartha Kitt's version appeared in season 3 of the show rather than Newmar. Set it between seasons 2 and 3 and it makes a lot of sense.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The film's massive Take That! at how dark, gritty, and violent Batman has become over the years is this after Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad; films either adapting classic incredibly dark Batman storylines or featuring a much darker take on the character than seen in film before. All three received incredibly divisive reactions, making this film the only theatrically released film featuring Batman in 2016 to receive a mostly positive reception from both critics and audiences. The amusing thing is, the makers of this film would have had no idea those films would be so divisive during production.
- Batman's line about Robin "focusing too much on your upper body strength", now that The LEGO Batman Movie has a song with the line "Who never skips leg day?!"
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