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A new live-action version of the Dark Knight made his debut earlier this year in Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which featured Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. Although Affleck is set to reprise his role as Batman in Justice League, another iteration of the Caped Crusader -- voiced by Will Arnett -- will appear early in 2017 leading his own film in The LEGO Batman Movie.
Arnett first voiced the LEGO version of Batman in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's (21 Jump Street, Han Solo) The LEGO Movie -- which was a critical and commercial success, prompting Warner Bros. to launch a shared universe of LEGO films. Although fans will need to wait until 2019 for The LEGO Movie 2, The LEGO Batman Movie will hit theaters early next year, and a new holiday-themed promo features the film's titular hero alongside his most trusted friends.
PopSugar debuted the new promo [above] for The LEGO Batman Movie that features Bruce Wayne wish fans a Happy Holidays from Wayne Manor with the help of Dick Greyson aka Robin (Michael Cera) and Alfred Pennyworth (Ralph Fiennes). While the promo doesn't appear to include any new scenes from the animated movie, it does tease the humor and tone fans can expect from The LEGO Batman Movie.
This tone has been on display in previous trailers for The LEGO Batman Movie, including the most recent of which that introduced the larger team Batman will enlist in order to save Gotham City. In addition to Robin and Alfred, Batman will receive help from Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), who appeared on a recent poster for The LEGO Batman Movie. The film will also feature fellow DC Comics characters The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate), and Two-Face (Billy Dee Williams), while pop star Mariah Carey will voice Mayor McCaskill.
As teased in the trailers for The LEGO Batman Movie and the film's official synopsis, the Caped Crusader will face off with The Joker and a crew of classic Bat-foes, some of which -- Bane, The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy among others -- were featured on a recently released poster. Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) directed The LEGO Batman Movie from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
Based on what fans have seen of the film, including this latest holiday-themed teaser, The LEGO Batman Movie will deliver a fun and goofy take on the Caped Crusader, which should provide for some entertaining counter-programming to the DCEU's darker iteration of the character. Still, whether or not The LEGO Batman Movie will find the same amount of success with critics and moviegoers as The LEGO Movie remains to be seen when the Dark Knight's solo outing hits theaters next year.
- The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) release date: Feb 10, 2017