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(WARNING: The following contains discussion of a small throwaway gag from the recently released The Lego Batman Movie. If you haven't yet seen the movie, then proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise.)

Now, of all the reasons to love , a film featuring a , played by , being super, super snarky, it's perhaps surprising that its willingness to bite the hand that feeds it is one of them. And yet, of all the gloriously silly jokes that The Lego Batman Movie throws onto the screen, it seems to have been its gentle digs at ' other cinematic superhero offerings that have been taken most warmly to heart by fans.

The film's subtle critiquing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been discussed at length since it first popped up in a trailer, but with the film having now hit theaters, we can finally talk about how:

'The Lego Batman' Movie Made Fun Of 'Suicide Squad' For A Great Reason

'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Yup, that's right. At one point towards the end of The Lego Batman Movie, Batman notes that "using criminals to fight criminals is a dumb idea" — a very obvious dig at , and the hearty criticism it came in for upon release. As it turns out, though, the film's director, Chris McKay, had two excellent reasons for including the gag in the final cut: It was funny and they were able to get away with it. Indeed, as he recently revealed to Huffington Post, the joke wasn't even planned:

“I can’t remember if that was one we really had to run up the flagpole or not, or just the executives who were on the movie saw it and were OK with it, but that was just us kind of riffing in a voice booth... It was me [writer] Jared Stern and Will Arnett. It was one of those things where we gave Will an idea, and he took it and made it his own. I love working with him. He’s amazing, but being able to get away with stuff I think is kind of one of the things we do well in all of the Lego movies. You feel like you’re sort of getting away with it."

And, in a world of carefully focus-grouped punchlines and market-researched-to-death carpool karaokes, there's something rather sweet about the idea of McKay, Stern and Arnett just goofing around in a voice booth, and then seeing how long they could get away with gently tweaking the nose of Warner Bros.

Plus, the gag is pretty funny.

What do you think, though? Would you have liked to have seen more digs at the DCEU in The Lego Batman Movie? Let us know below!

(Sources: Huffington Post)


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