LEGO Batman: The Videogame is a video game for the Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii and Microsoft Windows, and is based on DC Comics' Batman. It is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Games, though the Mac version of the game was published by Feral Interactive. The game has two sequels, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and a spin-off LEGO DC Super-Villains.

Summary

The game features Batman and his sidekick Robin fighting their most dangerous foes, who have all broken out of Arkham Asylum and split into three groups to wreak havoc across Gotham City. The story is split into three scenarios, each one seeing them confront groups lead by the Riddler, the Penguin and the Joker.

In each scenario, the player controls Batman and Robin as they fight through hordes of goons and henchmen to reach and defeat each villain, foil their plans, and send them back to Arkham. After clearing each story, the player is able to play through it in the villains' perspective, controlling them and carrying out their individual plans up to before being stopped by the Dynamic Duo.

Plot

A mass breakout occurs at Arkham Asylum, organized by the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler. The fifteen escapes separate into three teams, lead by each of the three masterminds. Alerted by the situation, Batman and Robin are called by Comissioner Gordon to capture them and stop their goals.

The Riddler's Revenge

Enlisting the help of Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze and Clayface, Riddler makes plans to rob the Gotham City Gold Reserves. To achieve these, the group need to gather a Freeze Ray, Ivy's mutated vine seeds, a prototype laser gun and the key to the main vault. To collect the Key, Riddler and Clayface break into the Gotham City Bank. Whilst Riddler hides, Batman and Robin arrive and defeat the shapeshifter. Two-Face arrives and helps Riddler escape, though Batman places a tracker on their armored truck.

Deciding to get the Freeze Ray next, Riddler and Mr. Freeze break into the latter's former lairs. As they break in, Batman and Robin follow them. Arriving at the lab and dealing with the security, Riddler retrieves the ray whilst Freeze awakens his henchwomen. Batman and Robin fight Freeze and Riddler escapes with the Freeze Ray. Knowing the duo are tracking Two-Face's vehicle, Riddler hands the ray over to his henchmen whilst they lead Batman on a chase. However, Gordon and the GCPD catch up and lock off the streets, hindering the chase.

Pursuing in the Batmobile and Batcycle, Batman and Robin manage to destroy the truck. Though they manage to corner him, Riddler is rescued by Ivy and manages to escape. Together, they break into the Gotham Botanical Gardens to steal vine seeds, need to climb the Reserves' cliffs. Meanwhile, Batman analyses a plant leave used by Ivy, leading him and Robin to the gardens. After obtaining the seeds, Riddler abandons Ivy, allowing the Dynamic Duo to find and defeat her.

Requiring only the laser, Riddler and Two-Face break into Wayne Enterprises' labs and successfully steal it. With the last of the required tools gathered, they begin the heist. However, Batman and Robin deduce their target using the clues left behind by Riddler and arrive just as they break into the vault. After defeating Two-Face, they battle Riddler and successfully apprehend the criminal. Returned to Arkham, Riddler vows revenge as the heroes drive through the city streets.

Power Crazed Penguin

The Penguin recruits Catwoman, Bane, Man-Bat and Killer Croc. He reveals his plans to use remote controlled penguins to take over the city, requiring a satellite dish and the Gotham Diamond to transmit the signal at a long range. After placing boxes containing the penguins around the city, Penguin and Bane steal the dish from the Gotham Docks. Gordon and the GCPD arrive and Penguin abandons Bane to be arrested.

Moving on to steal the Diamond, Penguin and Catwoman cross the rooftops to break into the museum. After deactivating security, they are cornered by guards and forced to separate to escape. Learning of the break-in, Batman and Robin chase Catwoman across the rooftops and defeat her. However, she is able to pass it over to her cat, Roz before being arrested. Witnessing the events from afar, Penguin is forced to flee after being spotted by GCPD. He and Croc flee through the Gotham Docks, though are pursued by the police on boats.

After ensuring Catwoman is taken into custody, Batman and Robin respond to the attacks, chasing Penguin in the Batboat and Watercraft. After destroying his submarine, they chase the criminals into the sewers. Meanwhile, Roz returns with the diamond and calls Penguin to free her, using the jewel as leverage to do so. The criminals travel to the GCPD Headquarters though the sewers and navigate their way to the cells. As they make their escape, Croc stays behind to fight the GCPD. Batman and Robin, having pursued the criminals through the sewers, arrive and defeat the criminal. They learn that Penguin has set up his control at the Gotham Zoo's Arctic World and leave Croc behind at the cells.

As Batman and Robin arrive at the zoo, Penguin and Catwoman make preparations whilst Man-Bat distracts the heroes. Successful, the penguin minions activate across Gotham and attack civilians. Batman and Robin make their way to the lair, where they destroy the machine and defeat Penguin. Capturing Catwoman again, they ensure the criminals are returned to Arkham and return to the city.

The Joker's Return

Recruiting the Scarecrow, Mad Hatter and Killer Moth, Joker plans to destroy Gotham using his Joker Toxin. Making plans to hide it within the city cathedral, the gang break into Ace Chemicals to steal the necessary chemicals. After the Batcomputer alerts them to Joker's break-in, Batman and Robin head to the plant and apprehend Hatter.

To distract the Dynamic Duo, Joker and Harley Quinn lure Gordon to the Amusement Mile and capture him. They broadcast their success to Batman, forcing him and Robin to follow them. Quinn is apprehended and Joker escapes in his The Joker's Helicopter. Chasing them in the Batwing and Batcompter, Batman and Robin are forced to chase after Scarecrow when threatens to release his Fear Gas in the city. Scarecrow's Biplane is damaged and crashes into Joker's Helicopter, leading Batman to assume their deaths.

However, Joker and Scarecrow survive and crash into the Flugelheim Museum. Making their way through the museum, Scarecrow is captured whilst Joker escapes. He meets with Moth and the two make their way through the East End, where they rescue Harley from the GCPD. Batman is alerted to their attack, but Joker and Quinn are able to escape. Chasing Killer Moth through the district, Batman and Robin capture him and learn of Joker's plan.

Arriving at the cathedral, Joker and Harley make their way to the Cathedral roof and set up the bombs. With help from the GCPD, Batman and Robin defeat the last of their henchmen and make their way into the building. After forcing the criminals out of hiding and defeating men, they battle the Joker, but are knocked out. As Joker prepares to finish them off, Batman disturbs the bats hiding in the roof with a Batarang, causing them to attack Joker and Quinn. With the criminals now subdued, he and Robin hand them over to the GCPD.

Epilogue

With the villains all rounded up, Batman and Robin climb to the rooftops of Arkham Asylum. As they watch over the city, they see the Batsignal shining and leave to answer the call.

Gameplay

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Tech Suits

Batman and Batgirl

  • Detonator Suit - drop and explode bombs
  • Glider Suit - allows character to glide
  • Heat Protection Suit - able to grab heated bars without getting burned
  • Sonic Suit - can break glass LEGO bricks
  • Thermal Protection suit - protection from freeze gas (Only on DS)

Robin and Nightwing

  • Magnetic Suit - walk up magnetic walls
  • Scuba Suit - walk under the water rather than on surface
  • Technology Suit - access tech panels
  • Attract Suit - suck up red, yellow and green blocks and assemble into a new item
  • Bio suit - protection from poison gas and toxic waste (Only on DS)

Hostages

There are 25 Hostages throughout the game one in each non-vehicle level. To save them, the player must find and defeat the thug holding them. After freeing all the hostages, Hush will be unlockable through the Batcomputer.

100% completion

To achieve 100% completion, the player must complete all Story Levels in both Story Mode and Free-Play Mode. They must also get 'True Hero' or 'True Villain' in each level, gather all Minikits, free the hostages and discover all the Red Bricks. The player must also complete the Wayne Manor and Arkham Asylum bonus levels, which are unlocked after completing the True Hero/Villain for the respective levels.

After achieving 100%, Ra's al Ghul will be unlocked for purchase. The last piece of data is also available, which reads 'The End?'

Characters

Heroes

Villains

Others

Vehicles

Land

Water

Air

Levels

There are five levels in each episode. The following information relates to the Console and PC versions of the game.

The Riddler's Revenge: Batcave

  • Level 1: You Can Bank On Batman
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City Streets & Bank of Gotham
Enemies: Riddler Goons and Henchmen
Boss Character: Clayface
  • Level 2: An Icy Reception
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Snowy Cones Ice Cream Factory
Enemies: Riddler's Goons, Henchmen and Freeze Girls
Boss Character: Mr. Freeze
  • Level 3: Two-Face Chase
Playable Vehicle: Batmobile and Batcycle
Location: Gotham City Streets
Enemies: Riddler Cars and Trucks
Boss Vehicle: Two-Face's Armored Truck
  • Level 4: A Poisonous Appointment
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City Botanical Gardens
Enemies: Riddler Goons, Henchmen and Poison Ivy Goons
Boss Character: Poison Ivy
  • Level 5: The Face-Off
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City Gold Reserves
Enemies: Riddler Goons and Henchmen
Boss Characters: Two-Face and the Riddler

Power Crazed Penguin: Batcave

  • Level 1: There She Goes Again
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City Streets and Rooftops
Enemies: Penguin Goons, Henchmen and Minions
Boss Character: Catwoman
  • Level 2: Batboat Battle
Playable Vehicle: Batboat and Robin's Watercraft
Location: Gotham City Docks
Enemies: Penguin Goons' Submarines
Boss Vehicle: Penguin Submarine U99
  • Level 3: Under The City
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Sewers and Gotham City Police Department
Enemies: Penguin Goons, Henchmen, Minions and Crocodiles
Boss Character: Killer Croc
  • Level 4: Zoos Company
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City Zoo
Enemies: Penguin Goons, Henchmen and Minions
Boss Character: Man-Bat
  • Level 5: Penguin's Lair
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City Zoo's Arctic World
Enemies: Penguin Goons, Minions and Freeze Girls
Boss Characters: Catwoman and the Penguin

The Joker's Return: Batcave

  • Level 1: Joker's Home Turf
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Ace Chemicals
Enemies: Joker Goons and Henchmen
Boss Character: Mad Hatter
  • Level 2: Little Fun at the Big Top
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Abandoned Fairground
Enemies: Joker Goons, Henchmen and Jack-in-the-Boxes
Boss Character: Harley Quinn
  • Level 3: Flight of The Bat
Playable Vehicle: Batwing and Batcopter
Location: Gotham City Skyline
Enemies: Joker Goon Helicopters
Boss Vehicle: Scarecrow's Biplane
  • Level 4: In The Dark Night
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City East End
Enemies: Joker Goons and Henchmen
Boss Character: Killer Moth
  • Level 5: To The Top of The Tower
Playable Characters: Batman and Robin
Location: Gotham City Cathedral
Enemies: Joker Henchmen and Jack-in-the-Boxes
Boss Characters: The Joker and Harley Quinn
Boss Vehicle: The Joker's Helicopter

The Riddler's Revenge: Arkham Asylum

  • Level 1: The Riddler Makes A Withdrawal
Playable Characters: Clayface and the Riddler
Location: Gotham City Streets & Bank of Gotham
Enemies: GCPD Officers
  • Level 2: On The Rocks
Playable Characters: Mr. Freeze and the Riddler
Location: Snowy Cones Ice Cream Factory
Enemies: GCPD Officers
  • Level 3: Green Fingers
Playable Characters: Poison Ivy and the Riddler
Location: Gotham Botanical Gardens
Enemies: GCPD Officers and Security Guards
  • Level 4: An Enterprising Theft
Playable Characters: Two-Face and the Riddler
Location: Wayne Enterprises Laboratories
Enemies: GCPD Officers and Security Guards
  • Level 5: Breaking Blocks
Playable Characters: The Riddler and Two-Face
Location: Gotham City Gold Reserves
Enemies: GCPD Officers

Power Crazed Penguin: Arkham Asylum

  • Level 1: Rockin' the Docks
Playable Characters: Bane and the Penguin
Location: Gotham City Docks
Enemies: GCPD Officers and Sailors
  • Level 2: Stealing the Show
Playable Characters: Catwoman and the Penguin
Location: Gotham City Rooftops and Museum of Natural History
Enemies: GCPD Officers and Security Guards
Boss Vehicle: Police Helicopter
  • Level 3: Haboring a Grudge
Playable Vehicle: Killer Croc's Swamp Rider & Penguin Submarine
Location: Gotham City Docks
Enemies: Police Boats
Boss Vehicle: Police Boat
  • Level 4: A Daring Rescue
Playable Characters: Killer Croc and the Penguin
Location: Sewers and GCPD Headquarters
Enemies: GCPD Officers
  • Level 5: Arctic World
Playable Characters: The Penguin and Catwoman
Location: Gotham City Zoo's Artic World
Enemies: GCPD Officers

The Joker's Return: Arkham Asylum

  • Level 1: A Surprise for the Commissioner
Playable Characters: Harley Quinn and the Joker
Location: Abandoned Fair Ground
Enemies: GCPD Officers
Boss Character: James Gordon
  • Level 2: Biplane Blast
Playable Vehicles: The Scarecrow's Biplane and the Joker's Helicopter
Location: Gotham City Skyline
Enemies: GCPD Helicopters
Boss Vehicle: Police Battle Helicopter
  • Level 3: The Joker's Masterpiece
Playable Characters: The Joker and the Scarecrow
Location: Gotham Art Gallery
Enemies: GCPD Officers, SWAT and Security Guards
  • Level 4: The Lure of the Night
Playable Characters: Killer Moth and the Joker
Location: Gotham City East End
Enemies: GCPD Officers
  • Level 5: Dying of Laughter
Playable Characters: The Joker and Harley Quinn
Location: Gotham City Cathedral
Enemies: GCPD Officers

Bonus Levels

  • Hero Bonus Level
Free-Play Characters; No restrictions
Location: Wayne Manor
Goal: Reach 1,000,000 stud total
  • Villain Bonus Level
Free-Play Characters; No restrictions
Location: Arkham Asylum
Enemies: Goons and Henchmen
Goal: Reach 1,000,000 stud total

Voices

English Voice

References to Other Media

Though material is taken from the comics, LEGO Batman is mainly inspired by Batman media, such as films and television. The most heavy inspiration comes from the Burton/Schumacher film series and Batman: The Animated Series.

Batman: The Movie (1966)

  • The Penguin's submarine from the 1966 Batman film, appears as a playable vehicle and headquarters for the Penguin, Catwoman, Killer Croc, Bane, and Man-Bat.
  • The three main villains in the movie are The Riddler, Penguin, and The Joker, who are all the villain leaders in the three chapters, Riddler's Revenge, Power Crazed Peinguin, And Joker's Return.

Batman (1989)

  • The Flugelheim Museum, as seen in the 1989 Batman film, appears in LEGO Batman: The Video Game as the "Gotham Art Gallery".
  • The Joker's in-game thugs are similar to the mime henchmen who helped kill Vinnie Ricorso in the 1989 film.
  • The music heard playing on the grounds of Arkham Asylum is the infamous Joker theme song heard in the 1989 film.
  • The introduction score for the game is Danny Elfman's music from the Batman theme heard in the 1989 film.
  • The in-game Gotham chemical factory strongly resembles Axis Chemicals, where Jack Napier was transformed into the Joker.
  • The skyline of Gotham City, as seen in some of the vehicle levels, are similar to the Gotham skyline as glimpsed in the 1989 film.
  • The Monarch Theater (Where Bruce Wayne's parents were killed in the 1989 film) briefly appears in Lego Batman: The Video Game.
  • The Gotham Cathedral (where the Joker met his end in the 1989 movie) appears as the scene for a final showdown between Batman and the Joker in Lego Batman: The Video Game.
  • The Batwing, Batman's mode of aerial transportation in the 1989 film, is a playable vehicle during gameplay.

Batman Returns

  • The Gotham Zoo from Batman Returns is an accessible location in Lego Batman: The Video Game, in its film appearance.
  • Arctic World (The headquarters for Penguin in the 1992 Batman film) can be seen during gameplay. During the cutscene in the beginning of the last Penguin level, you can see Artic World's globe in the distance.
  • The Gotham sewers appear in the game as they do in the 1992 film.
  • The Joker's in-game thugs bear some resemblance to the Red Triangle Gang, who serve as the Penguin's henchmen in Batman Returns.
  • The Penguin uses an army of Penguins to take over the city just as he did in Batman Returns.
  • The final battle of Power Crazed Penguin is against both Penguin and Catwoman. They were the main antagonists of Batman Returns, and like the film the final confrontation is at Arctic World in the Gotham Zoo.

Batman Forever

  • The in-game hideout for the Riddler, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Clayface, and Mr. Freeze resembles the Riddler's Claw Island headquarters as seen in 'Batman Forever'.
  • Two-Face serves as the Riddler's in-game deputy, as he does in the film.
  • The Arkham Asylum depicted in Lego Batman: The Videogame is seen as it appeared in Joel Schumacher's films.
  • The Joker's circus strongly resembles Haley's Circus, where Dick Grayson was orphaned in the 1995 film.
  • The Batcave appears as it does in the 1995 film.
  • The Batmobile resembles its Batman Forever counterpart.
  • The streets of Gotham resemble the Gotham alleyways as depicted in the 1995 film.
  • The green mind control rays that come out of Riddler's staff look like the beams that came out of his Box machine in the film.
  • The final confrontation began with Riddler featured him sitting up a throne with Two-Face at his side similar to the final confrontation of the film.
  • Batman's suit resembles a combination of his original suit & his prototype sonar suit.
  • Robin's suit strongly resembles his suit in Batman Forever, but with the original Dick Grayson's hair & cape, along with Tim Drake's mask & belt.
  • A version of Jim Carrey's Riddler can be created in the character customizer.

Batman & Robin

  • The interior of Poison Ivy's in-game botanical garden resembles the Turkish Bath House, where she and Bane make their headquarters in Batman & Robin.
  • Mr. Freeze's hideout in Lego Batman: The Videogame is the same hideout his character is shown using in the 1997 film.
  • The snowman statue outside of Mr. Freeze's in-game hideout is, down to the very last detail, the same snowman statue portrayed in Batman & Robin.
  • The lab area in Poison Ivy's botanical garden is similar to Dr. Jason Woodrue's lab in the 1997 film.
  • Security guards in Lego Batman: The Videogame have been frozen by Mr. Freeze into blocks of ice, as described in Batman & Robin.
  • The Gotham Art Museum appears as it does in the 1997 film where Mr Freeze stages a robbery.

Batman: The Animated Series

  • Mr. Freeze's henchgirls in Lego Batman: The Videogame are the same women seen assisting Freeze in the fourth season of Batman: The Animated Series (also known as 'The New Batman Adventures').
  • The opening scene of Lego Batman is similar to the intro to the Animated Series.
  • Clayface and Mr. Freeze's appearances are directly influenced by their Animated Series appearances.

Batman Begins

  • Wayne Enterprises appears as it does in the 2005 film.

Trivia

Videos

Sequels

Two direct sequels to LEGO Batman were released, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012) and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014). Both games featured Superman and other members of the Justice League as supporting characters. A spin-off, LEGO DC Super-Villains, was released in 2018, which featured Batman, his supporting characters and members of the rogues gallery as playable characters.

References

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