The caped crusader has seen a number of big-screen adaptations over the past few decades – from Tim Burton’s dark take on the Dark Knight and Joel Schumacher’s campy Batman & Robin to Christopher Nolan’s gritty Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s older version of the superhero in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although Snyder and Ben Affleck’s Batman will return in 2017 for Warner Bros’ Justice League, another iteration of the caped crusader will be rappelling into theaters earlier in the year thanks to The LEGO Batman Movie.
Introduced as a master builder in Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s The LEGO Movie in 2014, Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) quickly became a fan favorite character – even stealing some thunder from the main characters with especially hilarious moments in trailers for the film. Now, as part of Warner Bros’ burgeoning LEGO movie universe, the caped crusader is getting his own spinoff in The LEGO Batman Movie that will include plenty of famous DC Comics heroes and villains. A number of those heroes and villains are featured in a new batch of posters released for the upcoming film.
EW debuted 11 new character posters for The LEGO Batman Movie featuring the film’s hero along with sidekicks/super-friends Dick Grayson aka Robin (Michael Cera), Alfred Pennyworth (Ralph Fiennes), and Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl (Rosario Dawson). Villains The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate) additionally appear with the likes of fellow Batman baddies Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Penguin, Riddler, and the sometimes-ally, sometimes-antagonist Catwoman. Take a look:
As EW points out, the voice actors for Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman have yet to be announced – though, considering the cast of The LEGO Movie and those that have been revealed for The LEGO Batman Movie, they’re sure to be talented and likely to be recognizable names. Additionally, although not featured in this new batch of posters, pop star Mariah Carey will voice Gotham City Mayor McCaskill and Billy Dee Williams has been confirmed to voice Harvey Dent aka Two-Face.
Lord and Miller, who were praised for the unique humor and charm of The LEGO Movie, stayed on as producers for The LEGO Batman Movie, while the film was directed by Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) from a script penned by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). As such, it’s not quite the same creative team working behind the scenes on The LEGO Batman Movie and it remains to be seen if the spinoff will feature the same magic as The LEGO Movie. Still, based on what we’ve seen in trailers for The LEGO Batman Movie, it certainly has potential as both a silly take on the Dark Knight as well as an entertaining entry in Warner Bros’ growing movie universe.
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