It goes without saying at this point that The Lego Movie was the breakout hit of 2014. Smart, witty, silly and heartwarming, the film really worked because of its ensemble cast-sure, Chris Pratt was great, but it was almost just as fun to see where famous actors would pop up, like Morgan Freeman as a wizard, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, Alison Brie as Princess Unikitty, or Charlie Day as a Space Man. However, if the film had a true “breakout star,” it would be Will Arnett’s egomaniacal Batman. Luckily, the Lego universe is taking the best of both worlds for our viewing pleasure-providing a film focused on Arnett’s Batman character while simultaneously backing him up with an all star supporting cast.
The spinoff focuses on Batman as he tries to keep the streets of Lego Gotham safe. After receiving criticism from his long-suffering butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), Batman reluctantly adopts a young orphan named Dick Grayson (Michael Cera, because of course). When Grayson discovers the Bat-Cave, he dubs himself the Dark Knight’s apprentice. While Batman insists he works alone, he must learn the importance of teamwork in order to defeat The Joker (Zach Galifianakis). Rosario Dawson and Mariah Carey also star.
The Lego Batman Movie is certainly going to be a visual treat for fans of the Batman character. Not only are there going to be handfuls of allusions to the 1960s television campfest, the 1980s Gothic Burton-a-thon, and the Nolanverse, but there are plans to include the entire Rogues Gallery to some extent in the film. Considering Batman’s list of villains is one of the most famous around (name five Iron Man villains for me right now without the help of Google). Between that, the cast, director Chris McKay and writer Seth Grahame-Smith, this is certainly one to watch out for. The Lego Batman Movie will be released February 10, 2017, and you can watch the trailer right here: