The sequel of sorts... is not quite as good, but at its best, it has the same whiplash wit and inspired freneticism.
The thing about a sequel or a spinoff, even a mostly fun one like The LEGO Batman Movie, is that it's hard to recreate enthusiasm and inventiveness. What was once new is now, already, routine.
Overall, The Lego Batman Movie offers enough action and silliness to enthrall children while providing sufficient pop culture and Batman-through-the-years references to keep adults entertained.
Basically, it's a standard-issue Batman narrative - arguably better than 50 per cent of history's other Batman films - that just happens to take place in a Lego-fied world.
It's the Bat-spoof we didn't know we needed and it gives Batman a chance to loosen up.
It may look like a children's movie, but it feels like it's aimed at Mommy and (more likely) Daddy.
Quite possibly the best Batman movie ever made, if not a close runner-up to "Batman Returns."
An animated sendup of comic-book epics that vanquishes solemnity with the power of supersilliness.
Batman desperately needed to loosen up and have a good time, and the film throws a rager of a party around him.