Aquaman may've only just opened in theaters, but the Justice League is already gearing up to reassemble (technically) in this February's The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Warner Bros. is currently cleaning up at the box office thanks to James Wan's DCEU blockbuster, with Aquaman having now passed Suicide Squad's total theatrical gross on its way to possibly clearing the $1 billion worldwide mark. The studio has no intention of slowing down in 2019 either, and will kick things off in the new year with The LEGO Movie sequel.
The LEGO Movie universe and Worlds of DC have been interrelated since the beginning, starting with LEGO Batman's supporting role in the original LEGO Movie. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern also showed up at one point and established the running joke that Lantern (voiced by Jonah Hill) does little more than annoy his fellow Justice League members. As with much of the humor in The LEGO Movie franchise, there's a meta element to the joke in that the Man of Steel (whom Lantern bothers the most) is voiced by Hill's 21 Jump Street movie costar Channing Tatum.
That bit will carry over into The LEGO Movie 2, as the latest TV spot for the sequel illustrates. The promo includes shots of the Justice League assembled in the film, complete with a LEGO version of Jason Momoa's Aquaman from the DCEU. LEGO Batman is also featured prominently here, with Will Arnett's animated LEGO counterpart now decked out in post-apocalyptic garb as part of Bricksburg's Mad Max-inspired makeover in the film. Take a look, below.
This TV spot further highlights that prolific duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller - or, as the promo refers to them, "the filmmakers who brought you The LEGO Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" - are back as creatives on The LEGO Movie 2. In truth, Lord and Miller only cowrote The LEGO Movie sequel due to their many other commitments of late, leaving it to Mike Mitchell (Trolls) to serve as director in their absence. Still, the pair's connection to Sony's animated Spider-Man adventure is yet another link between the LEGO Movie franchise and the larger world of comic book superhero adaptations, Marvel and DC alike.
With Lord and Miller back onboard, the hope is The LEGO Movie 2 allows the franchise to rebound critically and commercially, following the misfire that was The LEGO Ninjago Movie back in 2017. Everything might not be awesome this time around, but the outcome should definitely be better than the last LEGO spinoff.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures [via Vital Thrills]