After the success of The LEGO Movie back in 2014, Warner Bros. decided to take the construction toys above and beyond with plans for spin-off titles such as The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, The Billion Brick Race, and a sequel to the movie that started it all.
The LEGO version of Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) shown in the first movie – a Batman with many comedic moments without losing the mystery vibe – left a good impression on the audience, prompting the studio to give him his solo-movie. The first trailer dropped earlier this year and gave fans an idea of the type of humor they can expect from the LEGO version of the Dark Knight. The premise has been described as a personal journey to “find himself,” tackling the question, “Can Batman be happy?” But the movie won’t be all about finding himself – it will also be an Easter egg hunt for Batman fans.
In an interview with Collider, producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – who wrote and directed The LEGO Movie – revealed there is no favoritism when it comes to choosing which eras and styles of Batman will be shown in the movie. Since director Chris McKay is a hardcore Batman enthusiast, fans can expect a movie full of Easter eggs and Batman trivia that covers from the beginnings of the character to the present day. According to Miller:
“So, it is chock full of stuff for Batman aficionados. It is just a 90-minute Easter egg.”
Lord added that it “heavily honors the comics” and it covers “all the way through to Batman V Superman.”
Batman’s very first appearance goes all the way back to 1939, in Detective Comics #27, and has since appeared not only in comic books but in television (both live-action and animated), films, video-games, and more. The team behind the LEGO Batman Movie certainly has a lot of history to cover.
On the road to finding himself in The LEGO Batman Movie, the titular hero will come across sidekicks Dick Grayson/Robin (Michael Cera) and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), as well as legendary – and fan-favorite – villain the Joker (Zach Galifianakis).
Batman’s interaction with fellow LEGO characters in The LEGO Movie was a big part of the humor of the character – one many didn’t expect from the Caped Crusader – and with the addition of Robin and Batgirl, it will be quite interesting and fun to see how Batman will react to working with them now that he is going through a transition concerning the whole “teamwork” issue.
The LEGO Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by Ninjago on September 22nd, 2017, The LEGO Movie Sequel on May 18th, 2018, and Billion Brick Race on May 24th, 2019.