LEGO Batman, voiced hilariously by Will Arnett in 2014's The LEGO Movie, was one of the standout characters in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's acclaimed animated film. Given the longstanding popularity of the Dark Knight, it wasn't surprising when Warner Bros. green lit The LEGO Batman Movie, a spinoff that centers around the brick version of the Caped Crusader as he tries to overcome his fears of being part of a family again. The project promises to be quite a treat for Batman fans young and old, combining a plethora of pop culture references and callbacks with a well-meaning message about the value of teamwork.
All indications are director Chris McKay was able to successfully delight viewers, as the early LEGO Batman reviews are universally positive. Pundits have praised the film as an entertaining spoof/love letter to its DC Comics namesake that serves up plenty of jokes and emotional character moments. Many of these are hinted at in the wide assortment of trailers and TV spots, as the marketing campaign has done an excellent job selling the spinoff to general audiences. Now, a comedy-driven action sequence has been released online, featuring Batman rocking out to his new theme song. You can watch it above.
In the clip, Batman does battle against a swarm of foes trying to help the Joker control Gotham City. The fight is set to a metal-infused track about how awesome the hero is, making reference to his gadgets, muscles, and intellect. Bruce himself handles the lead vocals, all while he discards Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and a collection of other villains. With Batman operating as a one-man wrecking crew, the Joker watches incredulously as nobody is a match for the one who never skips leg day and can chokehold a bear.
When the music fades out, the scene switches to a beat that's been seen in the trailers, where Batman and the Joker have a discussion about who Batman's greatest enemy is. A key subplot in LEGO Batman is the Joker envisioning their rivalry as almost a romantic relationship (see: his concern that he's looking bad in front of Batman), which should give McKay a very amusing angle to explore. Several live-action Batman films have dealt with their dynamic, and this sounds like a fresh spin on something moviegoers are overtly familiar with. Given the tone of the LEGO movies in general, it makes sense the filmmakers would opt for something more fun than anything else. This Joker just wants to be loved.
Many reviewers have pointed out that LEGO Batman delivers jokes at a rapid fire pace, which is certainly true in this three-minute scene. Even after a couple of listens to the song, fans could have missed a line or two since they come in quick succession. In all likelihood, Batman's cool theme is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this aspect of the film, and it will be interesting to see how much McKay and company crammed in to the final product.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) release date: Feb 10, 2017