The LEGO Batman Movie - 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie - 2017
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness: LEGO action


Overview: A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. This hilarious movie provided a great opportunity to talk to your child about loneliness and friendship.


Themes: LEGO bricks, superheroes, friendship, isolation, orphans, foster, adoption, loneliness, family, selfishness

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Loneliness. Do you think it's okay for anyone to live their life without relationships? Have you ever felt really lonely?

  • Batman says he doesn’t do relationships. He says, “I don’t need anyone”.


2. Foster/Adoption. What questions do you have about foster and adoption?


3. Authenticity. When was the last time you failed to be authentic?

  • Batman repeatedly denies his biggest fear. He’s covered it up for so long, that he actually believes he’s not afraid of things. He’s not being authentic. Authenticity means being the real “you” in all situations.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Who is your favorite superhero? Why? If you could have one superpower, what would it be?


2. Batman is a billionaire with a mansion and a ton of money and stuff. On the outside, it looks like he should be the happiest dude ever. But he isn’t. There is more to life than the fancy things we have. Matthew 16:26 says, "And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" What things in life are more important than fun toys, cars, and houses?


3. Life isn’t meant to live in isolation. The Bible has 59 passages that describe life with “one another”. In Genesis, God creates man and says that it’s “not good for him to be alone” – so God gave him a friend. Do you think you have a good friend group, or do you feel lonely? What are some things you can do to be more intentional about investing in your friendships?


4. Batman grew up without his parents. Robin couldn't wait to be adopted. What questions do you have about foster and adoption?


5. The Michael Jackson song, “Man in the Mirror” is referenced throughout the movie. One of the lyrics say, “if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.” In what ways can you change yourself in order to make the world a better place?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:11 Batman says he doesn’t do relationships. He says, “I don’t need anyone”. Do you think he means that? What would that be like for Batman if it were true?


:16 We get a glimpse into Batman’s isolated life. How do you think it feels to have all of the stuff that Batman has, yet no friends to share it with? Would it be worth working so hard to have a mansion and a lot of toys if you didn’t have any friends?


:21 Alfred says Batman needs to face his greatest fear: being a part of a family again. What do you think that means? Why would it be scary for an orphan to re-join a family?


:25 What do you think Dick Greyson felt when he realized that he got adopted?


:39 Batman says his “way too big of abs” are his “cross to bear”. He’s making a reference to the cross that Jesus died on. When Jesus was alive, a cross was used to hurt people. Jesus had to carry a big, heavy, wooden cross to the top of a hill. Then, He died in order to save the everyone in the world from their sins. Jesus told His followers that following Him wouldn't be easy: "Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me." What do you think it would mean for you to "pick up your cross and follow Jesus"?


:43 Batman says he’s had 5 million good ideas but no one else has ever had any good ideas. What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? Are you able to see that other people have good ideas too?


:44 Batman was left out of the big party. How do you think he felt? Has there ever been a time you weren’t invited to a party of your friends? What happened?


:53 Barbara says, “you can’t be a hero if you only think about yourself.” Jesus told His followers that heroes that are truly great will be the servant of other people (Matthew 20:26). Do you agree with Barbara? Why or why not?


1:02 Batman repeatedly denies his biggest fear. He’s covered it up for so long, that he actually believes he’s not afraid of things. He’s not being authentic. Authenticity means being the real “you” in all situations. When was the last time you failed to be authentic?


1:17 The Phantom Zone reveals to Batman that he’s not exactly a good guy because he abandoned his friends. It turns out Batman was only protecting himself. Is there anyone in your life that you’re pushing away because you’re protecting yourself?


1:22 Batman admits he was afraid of feeling the pain of losing someone close to him. Have you ever felt the pain of losing someone close to you? What was that like?


1:30 Batman uses kindness to relate to the Joker and win him over to help save the city. Who is someone in your life that you would consider an “enemy”, and how could you potentially win them over with kindness?


1:32 Batman says, “Sometimes losing people is part of life, but it doesn’t mean you stop letting people in.” It’s important not to shut yourself out to other people just because you’ve been hurt in the past. If you close your heart to everyone, you’ll never truly love again. In what way can you open up your heart and let people into your world?