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.
To the surprise of pretty much nobody, one of the first decisions made in response to the massive commercial success of The Lego Movie was to green-light a sequel as well as spin-offs. One of those spin-offs, also rather predictably, was a Batman Lego film starring Will Arnett. It does not arrive until 2017, so plenty of the details are probably still being negotiated. However, as reported this past Friday, it has been decided that Michael Cera will voice Robin in the movie.
Personally, I find this an exciting possibility, not simply because Cera’s patented flustered, awkward persona could make for a hilarious Boy Wonder. It also reunites him with Arrested Development co-star Arnett for something other than a fifth season of the show. (Oh why, Netflix? Didn’t you disappoint us enough with Season 4?) Recent fallings-off aside, the first three seasons were brilliant television; it is the most recent show I would place on my list of best TV comedies ever. With this in mind, I would like to offer Warner Brothers a modest proposal for how they could fill-out the rest of the cast solely with Arrested Development alumni.
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