It has often been observed how malleable a character Batman is. Over the past several decades he has found himself equally at home busting the heads of petty street criminals and out-witting cosmic menaces with (new) god-like powers. What unities such diverse plots is a common interest in the humanity of the hero. The tone of the narrative might emphasize oppressive bleakness or optimistic redemption, yet what all the best Bat-stories have in common is an interest in who the man is beneath the cowl. This is true of the movies as well; for example, Christopher Nolan’s masterful Bat-trilogy is as, arguably more, concerned with Bruce Wayne than it is with Batman. In many ways, The LEGO Batman Movie liberally skewers the melancholy tone of Nolan’s films, while sharing with them an interest in the hero’s personality. Amidst the bonanza of gags, Chris McKay’s new film has something to say about Batman’s character.
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Not as excited as you wish you could be for Batman’s next live action bow in Justice League? Well, there is always The Lego Batman‘s more whimsical take on The Dark Knight. The latest trailer reuses some material from the previous but provides plenty of new clips as well, including Zach Galifianakis’ Joker and Rosario Dawson’s Barbara Gordon.
Oh and apparently Jenny Slate is playing Harley Quinn, which means I’m actually looking forward to seeing Harley Quinn for a change.
Staring Will Arnett and Michael Cera, directed by Chris McKay and written by a host of screenwriters (including Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of the brilliant Bojack Horsemen), The Lego Batman opens February, 10th 2017.
Because Warner Brothers executives get paid by the number of trailers they cut (I swear, I’m not even posting all of them), the studio also unveiled a new one for the forthcoming Lego Batman Movie. Spun-off from the box-office hit The Lego Movie, the preview centers on Will Arnett’s Batman adjusting to that new ward (Michael Cera) he inadvertently adopted. Also featuring Ralph Fiennes’ voice of reason as Alfred. Not featured, since some good things must wait, is Rosario Dawson’s Batgirl . . .
The Lego Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay, opens February 10th, 2017.