Following the success of the Warner Bros. hit The LEGO Movie, it has now been confirmed that Batman is getting his own big-screen spinoff. The LEGO incarnation of Batman proved to be so immensely popular that not only he’s getting is own show, the movie is also being fast-tracked.
Because after all, hasn’t 2014 been truly the year of Batman (in terms of the Warner Bros/DC portfolio)? Furthermore, Batman was one of the highlights of The LEGO Movie, stealing every scene he was in. With Arnett taking Christian Bale’s gravely voice to an extreme degree, the character was arrogant, dark, sarcastic and just too-cool-for-this-adventure.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Chris McKay, the animation supervisor on The LEGO Movie, was initially set to direct that project’s sequel. However, the movie is being pushed back and McKay is now helming the LEGO Batman movie, which is being written by author-screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. Warner is eyeing a 2017 release for the Batman spinoff, possibly even on the original date for The LEGO Movie 2.
The next LEGO movie to be released is Ninjago, due to open 23rd Sept 2016. The LEGO Movie sequel will now presumably be released after 2017. Will Arnett will reprise the voice of the Caped Crusader. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the custodians of the LEGO screen brand, are producing.
LEGO Batman already heads a very popular franchise. There have been at least 3 video games as well as a straight-to-video “LEGO Batman: The Movie — DC Super Heroes Unite”, where Troy Baker provided the voice for the Dark Knight.