The Caped Crusader has starred in a number of blockbuster films over the decades, having been played by a wide range of actors from Adam West to the more recent Christian Bale. The current live-action iteration of Batman was introduced in last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Ben Affleck starring as Bruce Wayne. While Affleck is set to reprise the role later this year in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the Dark Knight will first return to theaters voiced by Will Arnett in Warner Bros’ The LEGO Batman Movie – opening this week.
That said, with the rise in popularity of superheroes in Hollywood, Batman isn’t the only DC Comics hero to receive the live-action treatment in recent years. The CW’s DC TV universe includes four series starring heroes and villains from the DC comic book universe: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. Although LEGO Batman met the heroes in a recent promotional clip, a new video sees Arnett’s Caped Crusader picking and choosing from CW’s DC lineup for a crime-fighting super-team.
The 30-second clip [above] features LEGO Batman weighing the pros and cons of each of The CW’s major heroes, including Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), The Flash (Grant Gustin), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), and the Atom (Brandon Routh). Although the video doesn’t offer any new footage from The LEGO Batman Movie, it does provide for a fun crossover with The CW’s Arrowverse. Considering nothing seems to be off the table for The LEGO Batman Movie to poke fun at, moviegoers may be able to expect a reference or two to the small screen superheroes in the film.
Meanwhile, a new extended clip [above] from The LEGO Batman Movie does provide a better look at the film. The video reveals a turning point for Batman as his butler Alfred Pennyworth (Ralph Fiennes) pushes him to interact with Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) – who we know later becomes Batman’s superhero/sidekick Robin. Additionally set to appear in The LEGO Batman Movie are the Joker (Zach Galifianakis), Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate), Two-Face (Billy Dee Williams), and Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl (Rosario Dawson). The film was directed by Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
Warner Bros has ramped up promotion for The LEGO Batman Movie with its release date so soon. A new clip even includes the hero’s theme song, performed by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump, from the film’s soundtrack that debuted last week. Fans have been eagerly awaiting The LEGO Batman Movie since the character debuted in 2014’s The LEGO Movie, and early reviews are positive so far. But, moviegoers will get a chance to see the for themselves when The LEGO Batman Movie hits theaters this week – and box office predictions indicate Warner Bros will have another hit in their burgeoning toy-based adventure franchise.
Source: The CW, Warner Bros