The Lego Movie was one of 2014’s best releases (see more). It still upsets fans to think that the Academy did not nominate the film for Best Animated Feature. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) created something truly special.The Lego Movie had the potential to be extremely awful, the pinnacle of Hollywood’s obsession with brand recognition, but they delivered one of the most special animated films to be released this decade (the film was my favorite film of 2014).
With the DC Extended Universe officially kicking off this week with the worldwide release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there has never been a better time to launch the marketing for a Batman-related product. After the success of The Lego Movie, Will Arnett will return to voice the caped crusader in The Lego Batman Movie. There have been a string of Lego movie announcements made, from an official Lego Movie 2 to a Ninjago movie, and yes, a feature-length film based on the wildly ridiculous Lego Batman. Check out the trailer below:
I have often joked that The Lego Movie is the fourth best Batman movie (I won’t reveal my Batman ranking here, that is for another time), that film perfectly captures some of the goofy tendencies of how “dark and gritty” Batman can be sometimes. While Lord and Miller are a little busy rebooting one of cinema’s favorite characters, The Lego Movie story developer Chris McKay has stepped in to direct what looks to be an incredibly fun Batman movie.
Though Will Arnett is the only in this brief teaser, there is all-star cast set to explore the Lego version of Gotham. In addition to Ralph Fiennes voicing Alfred and Rosario Dawson voicing Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, there are two cast members that are very exciting. Michael Cera will be voicing Robin and Zack Galifianakis is set to take over The Joker. Obviously, this movie knows how ridiculous it is and it is fully in on the joke.
Phil Lord spoke about the inspiration for a feature-length Lego Batman movie. Yes, it is fun to see this goofy version of the character eat lobster and drop sick beats, but how is this going to be any different from the various direct-to-DVD releases. The answer? The Lego Batman Movie will explore the question, “Can Batman be happy?”
“I think the movie is really exciting because it’s about, ‘Can Batman be happy?’ … Batman is the ultimate in white people problems. He’s like, ‘oh, I’m so rich and handsome, women like me and I’ve got a Maclaren! Something about my parents!”
With this one frame of reference, along with the entertaining teaser, I couldn’t be more excited about The Lego Batman Movie. The film is set to be released on February 10, 2017.