Wednesday, April 26, 2017




Lego Batman Movie: Adoption Connections & Themes to Consider


Recently one of our PWNL families brought this movie to our attention as being potentially full of triggers for kids who came to their families through adoption.  We wanted to share what we found  online with you.


Before taking kids to see the new Lego Batman Movie, adoptive parents should consider the  negative adoption messages that are pervasive throughout the movie.

You may wonder how bad a “Lego” movie can be?  Read below for some of the messaging in the movie.

Bruce, “Batman” takes in a young orphan named Dick.  Dick asks Bruce, “Do you have any advice on how to get adopted?” He goes on to list several things he could do to become more likely to be adopted including learning a foreign language and having “experimental surgery to make my eyes larger and more vulnerable looking.”

Upon learning that he has adopted Dick, Bruce tells Alfred to “put that kid on the next jet to the orphanage.” 

 Bruce refuses to allow Dick to call him “dad”. He even flatly denies that Dick is his son at one point, and only acknowledges that Dick is his son because another character suggests that it would be “weirder” if a grown man was with a boy who was not his son. 

Even if you choose to take your kids to see this movie, there are some questions you can discuss after it ends:

1. What did adoption mean to Dick? What could Bruce have done better when Dick asked to be adopted?

2. Bruce adopted Dick without realizing he was doing it – how do you think adoptions happen in the real world?

3. Discuss what adoption means to you, and how your family differs from the one displayed in the movie.





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Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer