– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s fair to say that Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) was a scene-stealer in THE LEGO MOVIE, which is one of the reasons why no one was surprised when it was announced that THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE was on the way to the big screen. This time around, Chris McKay- who served as the animation director for the first film- is at the helm, and he offered USA Today a glimpse of what’s to come.

Here are a few new stills from THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE:

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We thought if we can tell a well-rounded, funny story that’s action-packed, we can build a big movie around this character,” says McKay, of the creative team’s goal for LEGO BATMAN. “This is the movie we would want to see.

Arnett sounds pumped to be back, voicing The Dark Knight. “The Batcave is even better than we remembered it, it’s awesome,” Arnett told USA Today. “But I also love getting into the ho-hum day-to-day of being Batman and what it’s like to fight crime each day. Like the idea of Batman oversleeping his alarm clock makes me laugh. It really does humanize him.” 

On the subject of how he plays Batman, Arnett says he tries to strike a delicate balance between being completely over-confident and being totally clueless. “We get down to that perfect sweet spot for Batman, but also having moments of hesitation,” he says. “There’s nothing better than a guy who has this super-authoritative, brooding, voice but also moments where he’s a bit unsure.

McKay says that we can expect plenty of great cameos. “We’re nothing but exhaustive about the cameos and other characters that try to enter Batman’s life,” says the director. And, on the note about Batman being something of a loner, he added, “Batman is an island onto himself, the only thing he doesn’t have is relationships. We’re making ABOUT A BOY as directed by Michael Mann.

Rounding out the cast will be Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, and Rosario Dawson.

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE comes out on February 10, 2017.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.