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It's tough not to be impressed by the Joker's bank robbery sequence. And just about everything else in The Dark Knight.
And because of this...
...Batman should not be milkable.
I mean, the airplane sequence in Superman Returns is absolutely the finest Superman scene to ever grace cinemas... but the film itself is rubbish. Elements that work, no matter how well, can't negate gaping flaws in a production.
They're certainly not the worst thing we've seen from DC, by any stretch. I just don't think they're the 'gold standard'. /two cents
And universally hated by anyone that likes Batman.
By no means am I saying your opinion is wrong, but definitely not the common position amongst casual Batman fans. (I happen to like the Long Halloween and Dark Knight Returns, and dislike the Killing Joke and Knightfall - so we all have individual preferences!)
Oddly enough, 'The Long Halloween' is one of the very few Batman stories I absolutely love. It's largely due to Sale's art tbh, but the premise was fu with genuine craft on display all over every page. It was a love letter to fans of the mythos, with subtle little cues packed into every panel. The obvious suspect came as a complete surprise to me upon reading the final issue, hahaha.
But, yes, this is all a matter of opinion. It's pretty clear from the various well reasoned responses in this thread that every POV is valid and justified. :)
Now where are my hair-curlers?
Marvel's not much better this year, tbh. I think the compound is it for me from that assortment.
Lego is obliged to keep churning them out, similar to how they did with the police and fire sets a few years back. I think the increased number of juniorized superhero sets reflects this.
TLBM sets were an exception, because the movie provided focus, but other than that, the general DC and Marvel themes have succumbed to this predicable and stagnating cycle.
The only way I see Lego breaking the cycle is to either:
- put DC and Marvel themes on hiatus for a while, and look for a new angle.
- provide more cohesion across the sets, giving them purpose, i.e a wave of small individual DC sets that combine into a complete scene, e.g. 4-5 sets that combine into 'Gotham City' (you could have a mini Joker's hideout, a Penguin's Iceberg Lounge, a Poison Ivy plant shop, a Catwomans Pet store, Mad Hatter's Hat Store, a Croc sewer scene, Two Face court-room, etc... combining into a City diorama). Similar idea to the old Castle sets.
But both these ideas require money which I don't think Lego is willing to invest. Putting on hiatus will mean less sales in the short-term, and creating more cohesion would require more design and execution costs.
I used to buy superhero sets because they felt special. Apart from a few movie-tie-in-ones, I have lost my appetite.
What @SparkyHam said makes perfect sense - "wave of small individual DC sets that combine into a complete scene". This is what themes like Friends allow for, even if they re-release the same stuff after 3-4 years.
Probably won't get any of these new Batman sets, but I'll definitely keep an eye out for their parts on Bricklink or Bricks and Pieces—some of those prepacks seem EXTREMELY useful.
We'll always have a Batcave, too many Iron Man and Spider-Man sets and only minor changes and updates to the Batmobile, Batwing, etc...
And they go right next to a Millennium Falcon, Police Station and some sort of Ninjago dragon...
Still, I'd trade (almost) all my DC sets for more Elves with dragons...
I'm hoping they'll do some sets for the eventual Spider-Verse sequel.
I do like that they subtly release sets 'similar' to the movie releases without necessarily taking the fallout if the movies aren't kid friendly-rated. Other than Deadpool, of course. (But that may be more of a result of Marvel killing off Fox merchandise.)
The mech in the Venom set I thought was based on Space Venom, who is a super oversized version of Venom who appeared in the comics. The mech area seems to just be an added play feature.
I'm hankering after a little more variety and less repeatability. Not just as a passionate AFOL either : ) My kids are into superheroes too and even they are getting a little tired of the 'same-old-mechs' to use their language.
On the plus side, there are plenty of other themes to dip into and explore - so this perspective is really just from a die-hard superhero fanbase household. It also does raise the excitement when an exceptionally original set is released too.
My whole buying schedule depends on the strength of this set!
No bonus minifig this time though; the disc comes with a "Mini Ultimate Batmobile". From the picture, that's simply #30526 The Mini Ultimate Batmobile, right?
I also disliked the idea of Affleck, but he did a servicable job in some clunkly, garbage-filled movies.
(Or maybe it's also my visceral reaction to the terrible things happenings on the Gotham show.)
I'd like to see Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Idris Elba... maybe just about every Marvel actor.
So can our new first choice play Bruce well and can he also do dark and brooding (ish)?
I think he can. I'm more worried about the fact that we now have to face the possibility that Batman is of all things a Hufflepuff.
Maybe.... Adam West could have pulled it off.