Pop Culture References in The LEGO Movie 2 You May Have Missed

Rex Dangervest - Pop Culture References in The LEGO Movie 2 You May Have MissedThe LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part has been out for a week now. Fans have had some time to see some of the references and cameos made in the film. In case you missed any, here are some of the easter eggs from The LEGO Movie 2.

Noteworthy Pop Culture References from The LEGO Movie 2

Please note that the following references contain spoilers!

The LEGO Batman Movie

In 2017, LEGO and Warner Bros. followed up on the success of The LEGO Movie with a spin-off, The LEGO Batman Movie. Will Arnett took the lead role as the franchise’s take on Batman as he fought to save Gotham City while learning to trust other people.

The film gets a few quick nods from The LEGO Movie 2 in the first few minutes. When the Justice League decides to travel to the world of the DUPLO Aliens, one of them asks why Batman’s not coming. Superman’s response is “he’s busy in his own, spin-off adventure.”

For those hoping that LEGO Batgirl and Robin would make cameos, though, that’s a no-go. They’re nowhere in sight in Apocalypseburg, where Batman’s now set up shop. According to him, the fans preferred him being a loner with only Alfred for company. Ouch.

Batman

Aside from The LEGO Batman Movie, the film had a few more reference to past iterations of Batman. At one point, Batman shows off the costume he wore when he was played by the late Adam West in the 1960s Batman show. It’s a fitting tribute to the legendary actor, who passed away in June 2017.

Later, in a song and dance number between the Dark Knight and Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, several references to Batman’s love life are made. The real highlight is when Queen Watevra mentions Christian Bale as Batman. Batman replies that he liked Michael Keaton’s portrayal better. This is a subtle nod to how many people have portrayed the Dark Knight over the years and brought their take on him. Bonus: Keaton’s Beetlejuice makes a “blink, and you’ll miss it cameo.”

Jason Momoa as Aquaman

Jason Momoa’s portrayal as Aquaman could be the breakout character of the DC Extended Universe. People have liked the new, tighter, and grittier take on the role that’s been the butt of so many jokes. His version of Aquaman even joins the Justice League on their mission into space.

He may not have that many speaking lines, but if you listen, you’ll realize that Momoa reprised his role as Aquaman for The LEGO Movie 2. The classic Aquaman also makes an appearance, but it’s so he can be treated as the butt of the joke of the DC Universe.

Where’s Will?

In the original film, Will Ferrell played the main villain, Lord Business, as well as his real-world counterpart, the Dad/The Man Upstairs. In all the film’s trailers and commercials, though, Lord Business is nowhere to be found. This left some fans wondering what happened to him?

The LEGO Movie 2 gave fans the answers they were looking for in the start. It’s revealed that, after the DUPLO aliens started wrecking everything, Lord Business decided to let the heroes fix the problems. He then leaves, claiming he’s going golfing, returning at the end of the film. Of course, since there was a five-year gap between films, a more plausible explanation is that he was hiding until it was safe to come out.

Where’s Marvel?

In recent years, Marvel Comics has gotten the LEGO treatment. It has its line of playsets, as well as a few LEGO video games under its belt. With the MCU being so popular these days, it’s surprising to see that Marvel’s not in the film.

The answer’s pretty straightforward. Since Disney now owns Marvel, they can’t appear in a film made by Warner Bros. Fans have seen Warner and Disney as rivals for years, first in cartoons, and now with Marvel and DC. They’re not out of the whole picture, though. When the people of Apocalypseburg talk about who can rescue Emmet’s friends, Gandalf remarks upon “Marvel not returning [their] calls.” Someday, they may be able to make it happen. Until then, it’s wishful thinking.

UniKitty!

Batman’s not the only one of The LEGO Movie cast to get his spin-off. Princess Unikitty got the spin-off treatment with her cartoon, UniKitty! Debuting on Cartoon Network in 2017, the show follows the adventures of Unikitty and her friends in the Unikingdom.

The LEGO Movie 2 gives the nod to the character’s spin-off in a blink, and you’ll miss it cameo. While Queen Watevra is singing about how nice she is, she shows the gifts she has for the heroes. Unikitty’s offering is an ocean of glitter. If you look closely, you will see the minifigure of Prince Puppycorn. In UniKitty!, Puppycorn is Unikitty’s little brother. As his name suggests, he’s a puppy/unicorn hybrid.

To help promote the movie, Cartoon Network released a music video of the tween dream remix of “Everything is Awesome,” using footage from UniKitty! Way to cross-promote, Warner Bros.

Bruce Willis and Air Ducts

This is a joke that the grown-ups will get more than the kids, but it’s worth mentioning. One of Bruce Willis’ most famous roles is as police officer John McClane in the 1980s film Die Hard. One scene of note has McClane crawling through the air ducts to elude a group of terrorists.

The LEGO Movie 2 ends up giving Bruce Willis three separate cameos as himself in the film. First, we see him relaxing at a spa in the Systar System. The next two times we see him, he’s in the air ducts, like in Die Hard.

Every Pop Culture Time Machine

Spoiler Alert on this one. It’s revealed near the climax of the film that Rex Dangervest is a future version of Emmet. What happens to him will not be shown here. What’s important is that he builds a time machine to travel back in time and save himself.

The materials that Rex uses to build his time machine are some of the most iconic time machines in pop culture. Among them are:

  • Doc’s Delorean from the Back to the Future films
  • Doctor Who’s phone booth
  • The phone used by Bill and Ted from the movies of the same name
  • HG Well’s Time Machine
  • The Hot Tub Time Machine from Hot Tub Time Machine

The Delorean and Doctor Who’s phone are of particular note, as they have been part of the now-defunct LEGO Dimensions toys.

Additional Observations

Thanks to Maniac4Bricks (Twitter) for these:

  • I also recall Batman saying that “no one can contain this Batman Forever” when speaking about the matrimonial ceremony. Metalbeard promptly responds, “Ooh, reference!”. This is in the scene right before they meet Queen Watevra Wanabi.
  • Among the time machine references, there’s also “Whatever Skynet has been up to”, right before the hot tub and just after the HG Wells’ “bicycle thing”.

Conclusion

The movie may not be performing as well as the original, but The LEGO Movie 2 is still loads of fun. Filled with as much LEGO fun as the first film, this film has plenty of pop culture easter eggs and references to satisfy parents and kids. If you haven’t gone to see it, then what are you waiting for?

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