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This may seem like a duplicate of this question, but information from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part seems to provide a different take.

In The Lego Batman Movies, there are a couple references to the events of The Lego Movie, notably the fact that Batman is a master builder and that the city is built on a table. From this movie alone, one would think that The Lego Batman Movie is part of the Lego Cinematic Universe.

However, Lego Movie 2 indicates that after The Lego Movie,

Bricksburg descends into chaos and becomes Apocalypseburg. The Justice League (apart from Batman) has ventured through the Stairgate. Batman seems to be living with Alfred in a Batcave as part of Apocalypseburg.

So the movie seems to address Lego Batman Movie as occurring (mentioning Batman is having a stand-alone adventure) while also ignoring most of it (no Gotham, no Robin and Batgirl, no Justice League party at the Fortress of Solitude, etc.)

Did the events of The Lego Batman Movie occur as part of the Lego Cinematic Universe in between The Lego Movie and Lego Movie 2?

  • I’ve edited the Batman part out of the linked timeline question as it wasn’t addressed in the answer yet and probably made it too broad, you might want to edit your question to focus more on the timeline aspect and remove the part about the dupe to that question. – TheLethalCarrot Feb 26 at 7:07
  • @TheLethalCarrot sounds great! thanks... – TanMath Feb 26 at 7:13
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  • @RogueJedi is it not clear why it is not a duplicate (I had linked that question that the beginning)? Do you agree with @TheLethalCarrot? – TanMath Feb 26 at 7:29
  • FWIW I think this question would be better if it were focused on the timeline aspect rather than the universe aspect (though still mentioning the universe part) and therefore it wouldn’t be a dupe at all. As I think you are more asking about the timeline I have voted to leave open but you might want to edit the question to reflect asking about the timeline such as changing the title and what not. (CC @RogueJedi) – TheLethalCarrot Feb 26 at 7:47
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I believe the answer is both yes and kinda sorta.

My reasoning is that the Lego Universe is just a particular kids stories that he acts out while playing. Observing the oblique reference to "Batman having a standalone adventure" means that almost certainly he told the Lego Batman Movie between the two Lego Movies.

However, as you mentioned, there are obvious and strange inconsistencies between the two movies. Gotham only seems to exist in the Lego Batman movie, many characters that seem like they should be with Batman aren't in the Lego Movie, and so forth. But all these inconsistencies are simply because the kid was creating a different kind of story, riffing off certain elements he's used before in his stories, and discarding others that weren't as interesting in the new story he was creating. Then in the end, he pulled in certain details from his Lego Batman story back into the Lego Movie 2, but only those details that seemed amusing to him. I find this type of squishy chronology rather clever, as this is very real to how kids actually tell stories through play.

So from the kid's perspective, the Lego Batman Movie was between the two Lego Movies, but from the perspective of his characters in the Lego Movies, the Lego Batman Movie only kinda sorta happened.

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