I’ve been waiting for the LEGO Batman Movie to pass before stepping back 12 months to revisit a set I purchased last year: 76044 Clash of the Heroes. Born out of the disappointing cinematic experience that was Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, this set was exciting because for less than $AUD20, you could get both Batman™ and Superman™ minifigures. And Batman™ had an armoured suit just like in the finale of Frank Miller’s grim epic, the Dark Knight Returns. (*Note: individual definitions of ‘just like the one in…’ may vary!) One of the highlights of the movie, in a movie containing so few, this armoured suit helped Batman™ give Superman™ a run for his money. Softening him up for the fight against Doomsday. Many know how that ended. Some don’t. I won’t state the final outcome here…If you cared enough, however, you would have seen the film at some stage in the last nine months. Fun Fact: BvS:DoJ opened in Australian the day before the US opening. I don’t think we deserved this any more than the delayed release of The LEGO® Batman ™ Movie!
While this set is still in shops however, something has changed.
Just as any comic story that becomes too complicated, things may get rewritten, to create a retroactive continuity: to change the way things have always been.
This appears to have happened with the contents and art for this set. When I first picked this set up, Batman looked like this on the box. He has a cape in his Battle with Superman, and is wearing a cape in the picture of the figures from the side of the box. And the box had punch out tabs to open it…