After a scene-stealing appearance in The LEGO Movie, Batman (Will Arnett) will be back in the spotlight next year with the release of The LEGO Batman Movie. The film is said to be a "90 minute Easter egg" for fans of the character, paying homage to the wide range of variations of the Dark Knight. As evidenced in the teaser trailers, everything from Adam West's campy take to Ben Affleck's brutal Caped Crusader will be covered in director Chris McKay's spinoff.
Of course, LEGO Batman will feature several of Bruce Wayne's friends and enemies. The voice cast is a who's who of big names, including Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, and Mariah Carey as Gotham City's mayor. So far, the marketing campaign has only highlighted Batman and his trusted butler Alfred, but that changes now with the release of new still images from the film, highlighting Joker and Robin.
The pictures come courtesy of USA Today. While they aren't all that revealing in terms of plot, there is one big takeaway from them. The Joker will be with his one "true love," Harley Quinn, who can be seen driving a car. Take a look at the images below:
Batman was very much a loner in The LEGO Movie, which is why his solo vehicle has the potential for comedy gold. It's been stated that LEGO Batman sports a positive message of working together for the youngsters in attendance, forcing Bruce to push aside his isolated vigilante ways to stop the Joker's new threat. It will be interesting to watch the dynamic between Batman and Robin unfold, as they're one of the most famous duos in all of DC Comics. Arnett and Cera should be a great pair, as the two worked together on Arrested Development. The chemistry between Bruce and Dick Grayson will be very important in determining the quality of the film, so hopefully the actors' history carries over into animation.
Likewise, the Joker sounds like he will be a fascinating character in the movie as well. Arnett has stated that the relationship Batman has with the Clown Prince of Crime will be a refreshing change-of-pace from what's been depicted in media before. How exactly that happens remains to be seen, but it's nice to know McKay isn't just going to retread the past. The classic Batman vs. Joker combat should be well-represented in live-action with the DC Extended Universe now blowing up. A movie like LEGO Batman gives the filmmakers an opportunity to work outside the box a bit.
Ideally, fans will learn more about the project soon. LEGO Batman is going to be one of the many films Warner Bros. promotes during their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, so it's likely some more details will be shared. The spinoff has already generated an enthusiastic response, so hopefully the studio can keep the momentum going and give viewers two Batmen (Ben Affleck and Arnett) they should be excited about.
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.
Source: USA Today