Although moviegoers may have been initially hesitant of a film based on popular children’s toy LEGOs, Warner Bros’ The LEGO Movie was released in 2014 to praise from both critics and fans. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), the film went on to earn more than $469 million at the worldwide box office. Shortly after The LEGO Movie’s success, Warner Bros announced a shared universe based on the LEGO characters, including The LEGO Batman Movie.
Featuring Will Arnett reprising his LEGO Movie role as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, the upcoming film focuses entirely on the Dark Knight, while introducing key characters from the DC mythos like Dick Grayson aka Robin (Michael Cera), Alfred Pennyworth (Ralph Fiennes), The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), and Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate). Now, a new trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie features more of the film’s supporting cast.
Warner Bros debuted the fourth trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie, teasing Batman’s dynamic with The Joker — who is not his greatest enemy — as well as a team-up with Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon. Additionally, the trailer features Batman’s sidekick Robin, an orphan Bruce Wayne adopted and forgot about, as well as Bruce’s loyal butler Alfred.
Written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and directed by Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) — though Lord and Miller are on board as producers — The LEGO Batman Movie follows the Caped Crusader as he realizes he can’t always fight evil alone and must accept help from others, namely Robin and Batgirl. Previous teasers for The LEGO Batman Movie have teased the loneliness of the Caped Crusader, while the trailer that screened at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer introduced Robin as Batman’s orphan son/sidekick.
The latest trailer for The LEGO Movie spinoff capitalizes on the humor displayed by Batman in the film — he was, arguably, a scene stealer in the 2014 film and became a favorite among fans simply based on trailers — while expanding the world of Gotham city. Additionally, the trailer uses music to great effect, as have the previous teasers for The LEGO Batman Movie, shifting between Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow”, Three Dog Night’s “One is the Loneliest Number”, and Starship’s “We Build This City”.
All in all, the fourth trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie offers more of what fans enjoyed both in previous teasers and in The LEGO Movie. It remains to be seen if The LEGO Batman Movie will receive as much critical acclaim and praise from moviegoers as The LEGO Movie — or perform as well at the box office as its predecessor, but The LEGO Batman Movie seems to be a fun continuation of the franchise. Now, with the film set to hit theaters early in 2017, fans don’t have much longer to wait before making up their minds about The LEGO Batman Movie.
Source: Warner Bros