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. (official synopsis via Laughing Squid)
Way back in the dim dark days of August 2014 – OK it wasn’t that long ago but good lord isn’t that a suitably Batman-esque dramatic opening? – you will recall that suddenly everything seemed AWESOME, thanks to The LEGO Movie.
It was a non-stop, witty pop culture fest from start to finish and one of the characters that really stood out by a mile – apart from the colourness manicness of Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie) was Batman, voiced with gravelly-earnestness by Will Arnett.
So it makes perfect sense that the LEGO version of Batman, which has more than a little fun parodying the intensity of one of DC Comic’s most recognisable and tortured superheroes, would get his own movie.
Judging by the two trailers released, both of which dropped in the same week (he is super after all as he reminds us), The LEGO Batman Movie, which is due in cinemas in 2017, looks to have the same irreverent wit, sense of fun and eye for the absurd of its predecessor.
Batman naturally takes all the credit for the writing, production and creation of the movie and it’s hilarious spending time with a character who, despite all the anguished meditation on the darkness and vagaries of life, is still so delightfully un-self aware.
In the first trailer for instance he completely misses the fact that every single day is just like the other but nevertheless congratulates himself on a job well done; while in the second, we get a taste of his parental issues, inability to tell Alfred apart from a criminal and references to the seemingly endless string of Batman movies of which The LEGO Batman Movie will naturally be the unassailable crowning achievement.
C’mon, its Batman. Lego Batman. In a movie. ’nuff said …
The LEGO Batman Movie opens February 2017.