Warner Bros. found a smash hit in 2014 by taking the beloved building blocks of LEGOs and building an entire movie around them. The LEGO Movie was filled with different worlds and recognizable stars, and has since produced a spinoff film centered around Will Arnett's Batman, in The LEGO Batman Movie. The spinoff is set to hit theaters next week, which gives WB the time to thereafter turn everyone's attention to the second LEGO project arriving in 2017, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
Ninjago will be the third installment of the LEGO Movie Universe; but unlike Batman, it will revolve around an entirely new cast of characters. So far, the official cast consists of Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Michael Pena, Fred Armisen, and more. The marketing has only just begun on the ninja adventure by introducing Chan as Master Wu, but that could change relatively soon.
Trailer Track is reporting that the first trailer for Ninjago has been classified with a 2 minute 23 second runtime. They are expecting WB to release the trailer before LEGO Batman Movie hits theaters, so that the newest LEGO based movie can help to promote the upcoming one. With LEGO Batman Movie just over a week away from release, the trailer could be online any day now.
This is a smart move by WB, should the studio actually release the Ninjago trailer ahead of LEGO Batman Movie. Now, when audiences are seated for the film, they will get to see what the next installment of this LEGO universe will be. That said, there is not expected to be any direct crossover between the next two LEGO films, but a cameo by one of the Ninjago ninjas in LEGO Batman Movie could be in play.
The Ninjago LEGO sets are relatively new additions to the LEGO lore. They first came out in 2011 and are not your prototypical ninjas. Yes, they still use martial arts, but have also featured vehicles and sometimes giant mech suits. While this brand of the building blocks may not be as well known as Batman, the movie should be able to bring all of these elements together in a fun adventure with lots of action.
That said, with no marketing yet to be had for Ninjago, WB will have to push the film heavily ahead of its October release date. This will be an easier task if LEGO Batman Movie is a hit just like The LEGO Movie, making audiences more interested in seeing another LEGO film so (relatively) soon. The hope is that their different concepts and genres, not to mention the talent involved behind the scenes, will help to better distinguish these LEGO films from one another. We should have a better idea of whether or not that's the case, when the LEGO Ninjago Movie trailer hits the scene.
Source: Trailer Track
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017) release date: Sep 22, 2017