The LEGO Batman Movie is but one of multiple animated LEGO films that Warner Bros. Pictures has in the pipeline, in the wake of The LEGO Movie's unexpected critical and commercial success back in 2014. LEGO Movie animation co-director/supervisor Chris McKay is calling the shots on the LEGO Batman Movie, drawing from a script penned by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and directing a voice cast that includes Will Arnett reprising his fan-favorite LEGO Movie turn as the LEGO-ized Caped Crusader.
LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are both producing all of the in-development LEGO films and co-wrote the upcoming The LEGO Movie Sequel, previously teased that the LEGO Batman Movie's premise is based on a simple question: "Can Batman be happy?" It has since been revealed that the film will examine that question through a storyline wherein Arnett's grouchy and self-concerned LEGO Batman picks up a pair of sidekicks - in the forms of Dick Grayson/Robin (Michael Cera) and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) - and must learn to work alongside them in his ongoing battle with super-villains like Joker (Zach Galifianakis). Or, as McKay put it, The LEGO Batman Movie is "'About a Boy' as directed by Michael Mann."
WB has now released the first trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie online (see above), ahead of the trailer being attached to select prints of (fittingly enough) Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters. Here is the official synopsis for the film, followed by the teaser poster:
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
It's generally a dubious prospect when a popular side character - or characters - from a hit film (be it animated or live-action) gets their own spinoff movie (see, for example, the mixed feelings about Minions), but the teaser trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie alone illustrates that there's more comedic gold to be mined from Arnett's LEGO-ized iteration of the iconic DC Comics superhero. Furthermore, part of the fun of LEGO Batman in The LEGO Movie came from how he interacted with the LEGO characters around him too, so that makes the decision to include both Robin and Batgirl in the character's "solo film" - along with regular Batman movie staples like Alfred Pennyworth (voiced by Ralph Fiennes) - all the smarter a move on the part of McKay and Grahame-Smith; especially since the very point of the movie is that Batman needs to learn to get along with others, a premise that lends itself to both useful life-lessons for kids and fun nods to Batman's history on the big screen for older moviegoers (see the teaser's references to Batman movies past).
In short: The LEGO Batman Movie may now be the upcoming Batman movie that many of the Caped Crusader's fans are most excited to see.
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: Warner Bros. Pictures