There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman (Will Arnett) may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
BACK IN BLACK… and YELLOW
Bringing together the energy, imagination and memorable characters from both the LEGO world DC universe, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE – in cinemas from Friday 10th February, 2017 – welcomes audiences of all ages into a world of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains uniquely realised for the big screen. With plenty of action, fun, and laughs, plus Batman’s amazing arsenal of gadgets and vehicles and the Batcave as it’s never been built before-brick by LEGO brick-this brand-new adventure also asks the question, can Batman just get over himself and be happy?
The film’s star is LEGO Batman (Will Arnett), the coolest, handsomest, buff-est, and most awesome leading man of all time… even if he does say so himself.
And he does. Frequently.
“The ‘LEGO Movie’ version of Batman was such a favorite, breakout character, and I’m sure he would agree that he deserves to be the focus of his own movie and not some third banana. He feels he’s definitely a first-banana kind of guy,” says Christopher Miller, who, along with Phil Lord, wrote and directed The LEGO Movie in 2014. Keeping the creative collaboration both fresh and familiar, the duo returns as producers onTHE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, directed by Chris McKay, their filmmaking partner who served as animation director and editor on the first film.
Joining Batman this time is the super-positive and freakishly agile young Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), on his way to becoming Robin; Batman’s loyal and deceptively reserved butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes); Gotham City’s new police commissioner Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), who wields major girl power; and The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), who desperately wants the recognition he deserves-in a story that not only showcases Batman’s sick skills and enviable abs but also takes a searching look into his personality. Specifically, this lone wolf’s need to work alone, to brood alone on his dark past and generally distance himself from everyone to a degree that is starting to make him seem, well, a little bit dysfunctional.
“Batman is beloved the world over and for good reason, yet no one could really behave the way he does and get away with it, which is what we’re exploring in the movie,” says lifelong fan Chris McKay, who nevertheless feels that even at the character’s most extreme, “he’s still very sympathetic.”
“What was so special about Batman in the first movie is that he was selfish and egotistical, but still loveable in his own way,” is the assessment of returning producer Dan Lin. “He had no self-awareness and it was a new twist on the character, someone who often said the most outrageous things. It’s a subversion of the Super Hero genre, but with a joyous heart and told in a family-friendly LEGO way.”