Was your favourite part of The Lego Movie the toy brick version of the Caped Crusader? Well here’s some news worthy of shining the Bat Signal for.
The human Dark Knight may be readying himself for his titanic showdown against the Man of Steel in the upcoming Batman v. Superman due out this weekend, but The Lego Batman Movie, a spin-off of the 2014 aforementioned movie will swoop down with its first trailer this Wednesday.
Ahead of the trailer, Warner Bros. released a few images of the film, due out February 10, 2017, and while they unfortunately don’t show that much, they give us a great idea of what the film might look like.
Many outfits don the Bat’s lair. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
Never fight crime on an empty stomach. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
The Batwing blasts through Gotham. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
Returning to voice Batman is Will Arnett, who in an interview with USA Today gave fans a brief look in to the daily life of the man who only works in black. And sometimes very very dark grey.
“The Batcave is even better than we remembered it, it’s awesome” says Arnett. “But I also love getting into the ho-hum day-to-day of being Batman and what it’s like to fight crime each day. Like the idea of Batman oversleeping his alarm clock makes me laugh. It really does humanize him.”
Directing this massive project is Chris McKay, who was the animation director for The Lego Movie. McKay told USA Today it was immediately clear how popular Batman was in his supporting role.
“We thought if we can tell a well-rounded, funny story that’s action-packed, we can build a big movie around this character,” says McKay. “This is the movie we would want to see.”
The film will feature a plethora of big names behind the blocks, including Ralph Fiennes as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred, Michael Cera as the trusty sidekick Dick Grayson, and Zach Galifianakis as Batman’s arch nemesis The Joker. Some of his super hero friends are even set to join him.
Another shot of the Batwing above Gotham. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
The Caped Crusader stands vigilant. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
“We’re nothing but exhaustive about the cameos and other characters that try to enter Batman’s life,” says McKay.
McKay is deep down under in Australia putting the finishing touches on the fully-Lego world being created in computer animation programs which utilize the same principles of existing Lego bricks.
“At first it doesn’t look like it’s all built in Lego. But as you get closer you realize it is,” says McKay. “We’re building an entire city, the Batcave and vehicles, going deep into Batman’s world.”
This movie is still a year away from hitting the big screens. In the mean time, we have Batman’s real life battle to witness first. Arnett was asked whose side he was on, and he’s all Affleck for this one.
“I’m going to just to enjoy the show, but I’ll be rooting for Ben,” says Arnett. “I mean, he’s Batman.”