WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, in theaters now.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part embraces elements of the DC Universe, especially with its comically serious Batman (Will Arnett, reprising the role once more). However, the sequel doesn't forget about the rest of the Justice League, as it includes cameos by Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) and Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), among other heroes.
However, the film also makes a DCU deep cut, of sorts, with a nod to Justice League Unlimited. While it's brief, it's nevertheless a great shout-out to the beloved series.
To Space And Beyond
After Bricksburg is ravaged by the invading Duplo armies from space, heroes like Batman become leaders of the new society and help to construct Apocalypseburg. In an attempt to learn more about the forces that attacked them, the Justice League (minus Batman, who remains behind to protect the rest of the town) heads into space, in a ship reminiscent of the Javelin.
Originally designed by Batman (of course), the Javelin was introduced on the Justice League animated series as the primary means of transportation for the superhero team. The Javelins were frequently damaged or destroyed over the course of the series. However, when the League expanded in Justice League Unlimited to feature even more heroes, the team created an entire fleet of Javelins, based in a hangar within the Justice League Watchtower, to be used by any number of heroes around the world (or, indeed, the galaxy). The vessels exploded with the same frequency as before, but remained a constant throughout the series.
Seeing the ship reappear in The LEGO Movie 2, even just in a small moment like that, will no doubt please eagle-eyed fans of the DC Animated Universe. It's almost as fun as the eventual reveal that, in a perfect world, Superman and Lex Luthor have managed to bury the decades-old hatchet and become best friends.
In theaters now, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph and Stephanie Beatriz.