We’ve already seen him take on Superman this year (Batman V Superman). In one month, he will once again chase down his arch-rival the Joker (Suicide Squad). He’s even keeping busy by organizing the Justice League (Justice League). But’s let’s face it; we’re a little more excited for next year’s LEGO Batman Movie.
So far the brick-built movie has delivered some solid trailers as Will Arnett reprises his role of the Caped Crusader from the first Lego Movie. These trailers have been packed with fun digs at previous Batman movies, including a new riff on the classic Batman theme. According to the brains behind The Lego Batman Movie… that’s the kind of stuff you can expect in the feature film.
The dynamic duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller won’t be directing the movie (Robot Chicken alumni Chris McKay gets that honor), but they will be producing the spin-off of their Lego Movie. And in talking with Collider, Miller talked about the tone the movie will take.
“So, it is chock full of stuff for Batman aficionados. It is just a 90-minute Easter egg.”
Lord added that they’re including references throughout the history of Batman, all the way up to this year’s Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice. With such a lengthy library of television, movies and comics to delve into., expect plenty of gags, puns and jokes at the expense of the Dark Knight.
That could be just what’s needed for the world’s greatest detective. Since the Nolan-fication of Batman, we’ve only seen the character as a grizzled, grounded grunter. Now, we get to have some fun watching a Batman movie. Plus, it will clearly poke fun at the superhero genre. Think of it as 2017’s version of Deadpool… for kids!!!
Also, if Will Arnett voicing Bruce Wayne isn’t enough to inject some humor into the Batman Universe, just look at the rest of the cast: Zach Galifianakis as The Joker; Michael Cera as Robin; Rosario Dawson as Batgirl; and even Lord Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes, is letting his hair down to play Alfred Pennyworth (well… if he had hair.) I mean, they even tapped Mariah Carey to play the Gotham Mayor. It doesn’t need saying, but this is going to be unlike any Batman movie we’ve ever seen.
Sure, Batman will show up in Suicide Squad in what seems to be an exciting chase scene with The Joker and Harley Quinn. Then in November of 2017, Ben Affleck returns to the cowl to unite the Justice League. But in between those movies isn’t the Batman movie we want… it’s the one we need. When The Lego Batman Movie is released on February 10th, 2017, The Caped Crusader will never be the same again.