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The LEGO Batman Movie!

The LEGO Batman Movie – In Theaters Friday!

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from "The LEGO Movie" as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis ("Muppets Most Wanted," the "Hangover" films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s "Arrested Development") as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s "Daredevil") as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the "Harry Potter" films) as Alfred.

HUGE Thank You to Warner Bros. for the invitation to an advance screening and press conference interview, I am so grateful for the opportunity. First let's talk about the movie and then the take away's. The LEGO Batman movie is family friendly and most importantly if you're a child from the 80’s you will ABSOLUTELY love the movie. Keep your eyes out for Gremlins, 80’s music and flashbacks. They did such a great job tying in everything that I’m looking forward to LEGO 2 (hint hint, please come out with #2). My little one was over the moon, it doesn’t get any better than The Lego Batman movie it had every superhero you've ever encountered.

The LEGO Batman movie was so much more than an animation, it will have you laughing, it'll get you thinking. Understanding and acknowledging that family isn’t blood all the time, but it’s the people you choose to have in your life. It’s important to recognize your loved ones, keep them close and work as a team. We all need help and it’s okay to ask for it. To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.

A pivotal character in the movie was Batgirl played by Rosario Dawson. Ms. Dawson is a remarkable woman, super bright, brilliantly quick witted and funny. This is why she was the perfect person to portray Batgirl. Batgirl was independent, fearless, a leader and most importantly she understood that in order to do something, anything, that would have an impact, you need a village. Strength in numbers, strength of mind, will and conviction, you’re able to move mountains.

During Ms. Dawson's interview, she expressed how extremely proud of her character she was that she portrayed. Here’s what she had to say about Batgirl;

Rosario Dawson, "...I hadn’t thought about it being a confidence thing. But, like there is something so remarkable about her character. It’s so different than so many of the other sort of origin stories for a lot of the other heroes that you would find, and a lot of it’s tragedy that kind of brought them to that position, and then they kind of like a hard line in the sand which way are they going to go about it. You can have tragedy in your life like the Joker and end up becoming insane and just pushing that violence onto other people, it happened to me, why not you, or you could have that tragedy hit you like Batman and go, you know what, I’m going to do everything I can to stop that from ever happening for somebody else, you know? You can exist all along the spectrum. And for her, she grew up as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter who had this remarkable relationship with this incredible figure, Batman and the two worlds, bringing it together of just going crime is really rampant and insane and crazy and this is an insane world where magic and heroes and all this kind of stuff exist. So, having the regular police force, you’re going to need to marry that to someone like a Batman that you can trust. And for her to grow up inspired by that, go to school to like train to be the best version, not take it for granted that she’s just going to follow in her dad’s footsteps but like try to be the best to like honor his legacy and to be so inspired by Batman that she also then takes that to push her limits even more to be that much more excellent. And that she’s an amalgam of that and her own spirit.

She’s not like trying to be Batman, and she’s not trying to be her father Commissioner Gordon. She’s trying to be the version of herself and it’s beautiful to see what her contribution is. It’s definitely flattering and it’s really lovely to see this young woman who’s so inspired that she wants to emulate these incredible men in her life, but it’s also really powerful and dynamic to then see those same men being moved and challenged and pushed by that same woman who takes what they taught her and adds something even more to it. And it’s just beautiful to see that evolution. I think that’s where that confidence comes from, because she’s someone who knows her purpose. She knows what she wants, she knows what she’s capable of and what she’s willing to do to get what she wants. And that’s really, really powerful and a gorgeous lesson. I hope that other people see that because that’s where confidence should really come about, not other people complimenting you or like you getting a lot of likes on your post or something, but about the work that you put in for the things that you care about and having that have an actual effect in the world and then seeing what that ripple effect is. That should be where you get your confidence from. And you can see she’s confident because she put that work in, and she knows what she’s contributing, and that’s why she’s able to fight for it. Even when there’s doubters around her, she’s like, no, and she’s able to really push to add that because she’s already Commissioner Gordon, she’s already Batgirl. She’s already got that spirit of Batgirl. That should be enough. But, she pushes it even further, and that’s really amazing…”

We learned so much from Ms. Dawson and the movie, this is one NOT to be missed.

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