"Batman Day", for those unfamiliar, is a fan event that celebrates the Caped Crusader and has been happening for three years now, ever since the Batman property celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014. That's fitting too, since the character remains as popular and ubiquitous in pop culture as ever, whether he's appearing in DC Comics' Rebirth event, being played by Ben Affleck in the DC Extended Universe, or being voiced by Will Arnett in The LEGO Movie and next year's The LEGO Batman Movie.
The LEGO Batman Movie, for those who are just tuning in, revolves around the LEGO-ized version of the Caped Crusader as he battle his nemesis, LEGO Joker (Zach Galifianakis), while at the same time learning to be less of a loner - be it by taking on a new sidekick in Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) and/or bonding more closely with his adopted son, Robin (Michael Cera). Of course, simply being Batman has its perks too, as a newly-released poster for the film - timed to coincide with the ongoing "Batman Day" festivities - reminds everyone.
You can check out the new poster for The LEGO Batman Movie (released through the film's official Twitter account), below:
While the first two teasers released for The LEGO Batman Movie seemed to hit their mark with most viewers, it's the movie's San Diego Comic-Con trailer that arguably does the best job of selling the movie - suggesting that all the Bat-puns and LEGO in-jokes aside, The LEGO Batman Movie may offer a fun Batman story, taken solely on its own terms.
Although LEGO Batman Movie screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith - creator of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and screenwriter of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows - has been fairly criticized for struggling to execute the creative premises that he devises, the movie has LEGO Movie animation director Chris McKay calling the shots. The hope is together, the pair will be able to deliver what should not only be the funniest Batman film in some time, but one of the better ones too. If Zack Snyder's Justice League also turns out well, then 2017 could be a good year in general for the Dark Knight - and thus, make 2017's "Batman Day" a holiday all the more worthy of being celebrated.
In addition to the previously-listed names, the voice cast of The LEGO Batman Movie is rounded out by Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Mariah Carey as Gotham Mayor Marion Grange and the voice of Siri herself, Susan Bennett as Batman's "Computer".
The LEGO Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by The LEGO Ninjago Movie on September 22nd, 2017 and The LEGO Movie Sequel on February 8th, 2019.
Source: Warner Bros. Animation