The next Batman movie to hit theaters is also the one we're most looking forward to: The LEGO Batman Movie. The film features an all-star voice cast, with Will Arnett reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from The LEGO Movie, and Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes, and Rosario Dawson joining him as Robin, Joker, Alfred, and Batgirl, respectively. Up until now, the footage we've seen from the film has kept all of these characters—except for Alfred—under wraps, but with SDCC kicking off tomorrow, USA Today brings us our first look at some of the new characters, along with some info on the plot of the film.
As you can tell from the images above, Dick Grayson appears to be a rather bright-eyed youth who, according to director Chris McKay, was accidentally adopted by Bruce Wayne at a charity auction. "Robin is a super-positive kid who always sees the glass as half full. Really, at the end of the day, he just wants a hug," McKay says. "Michael brings the sweetness and honesty." He goes on to say, "Lego Batman is About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann. This is a single guy who suddenly has a kid literally drop into his world." Sold!
As for Zach Galifianakis' Joker, he's got a fairly interesting arc as well. "The Joker sees himself on the same level as Batman, a peer, at the top of the game," McKay says. "But Batman says that’s not the case, which sends Joker into a spiral trying to prove to Batman that he is indeed the greatest enemy."
And as you can see from this picture, Harley Quinn is definitely in the film, as are a number of Batman's other villains, according to McKay. "Batman's Rogues Gallery is going to be completely filled out in Lego." The last tidbit involves Joker's car, which McKay describes thusly: "That's kind of The Joker's General Patton car, where he can survey the battle. It’s loud and flashy, the inner view of himself writ large in car form with crazy, zebra-striped seats."
It's funny to me how a number of these elements are at play in Suicide Squad and—allegedly—Ben Affleck's Batman film, but they're clearly being played for laughs. Suicide Squad has zero sense of humor about its gaudy aesthetic, and the Batfleck solo film is supposedly going to feature all of Batman's rogues, which sounds like a joke, but isn't. I'd wager to say they're going to seem even more ridiculous once this film comes out and clowns all of those notions. Honestly, I'd rather these films be the DCEU going forward. At least they'd bring some fun back to the comics giant.
The new trailer is supposed to debut at SDCC and we'll bring it to you as soon as it drops!