LEGO DC Superhero Girls: Super-Villain High
LEGO DC Superhero Girls: Super-Villain High 2018
I’m still working my way through the movies of the past couple years including the many DC animated features and this one seems like a sub-genre within a sub-genre as there have been a few Superhero Girls webseries and movies and there have been a few LEGO DC movies and this combines the two into something else. I also felt like I was missing a little something having not seen the previous Brain Drain. But it wasn’t exactly too difficult to follow. And when I compare it to the previous similar properties, it falls right in line with the other LEGO DC movies and it’s on the higher side of the previous Superhero Girls that I’ve watched. It’s fun, it’s somewhat self-aware, and it’s important just to exist as a superhero property with a significant amount of positive female characters.
It’s always worth mentioning that this series is important just because there seems to be several dozen Batman movies coming out all the time that it is great to see something that focuses on more of the female DC characters. Not only that, but it’s not a watered down story focusing on girly things. It’s an actual superhero story that happens to feature plenty of female characters. It even somewhat solves the question as to why half of the characters going to the school are traditionally super-villains rather than heroes. The one disappointing thing is that while nearly all of the students are female, all of the teachers are male except for Principal Waller. On one hand, all of the main characters with most of the screen time are female, but all of the characters in positions of power are male. So it’s a little bit hit and miss.
The main pull of the story is the rivalry between the typically villainous clique of girls at Superhero High consisting of Cheetah, Killer Frost (who drops the “Killer” from her name), Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and eventually tosses in Harley Quinn for comedic effect versus the heroic girls Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and the lesser known Green Lantern Jessica Cruz. It starts out in the gym where the heroes have been undefeated but then it expands as Lex’s lesser known little sister Lena Luthor decides to drive a wedge between the two groups by enticing the villains to join her brand new Uber High by disguising herself as Principal Waller and new student with the obvious name Divide. She then uses the villainous students to help her steal some gems to power a super suit. There’s also a side story with a mini rivalry between Bumblebee and Katana that doesn’t necessarily amount to much.
Since this is aimed at younger viewers, there is an overall moral to the story that seems to be about sportsmanship in general as well as an overall generic message that friendship is important. It’s generally in the background until the end where it plays an annoying part in resolving the climax as Katana and Bumblebee obviously put aside their rivalry to work together instead of against each other. The villains also learn that the heroes have actually been trying to be their friends and they had been lied to and used by Lena Luthor the entire time. It’s overblown and even though the kids work together as a team at the end, they end up defeating Lena by a complete and total fluke of fate. There’s also elements of it being toyetic in a similar fashion as the Batman Unlimited series where there are various vehicles that the kids get into that feel like the only reason to exist is as a potential tie-in kit you can buy at your local Target store.
While there were some quality issues with the story due to its focus on a younger crowd, there’s still an element of the typical LEGO style humor laced throughout the entire film which helped make it more watchable. Harley is the majority of the comic relief as well as a few quick scenes from Cyborg and Beast Boy with the same voice actors as Teen Titans Go, but there are other elements here and there along with the usual LEGO style elements like how one of the characters changes her hair by taking her solid plastic hair off and replacing it with a different plastic hair piece. Aside from the moments of humor, the overall plot is fairly simple, the characters are generally one-note, and while there’s nothing especially bad about this movie, there’s also nothing especially exceptional in it. As far as girl-centric superhero movies go, it’s not a bad choice especially if you have a younger superhero fan in your household. But it’s still a far cry from the theatrical LEGO movies out there. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.