‘LEGO Batman’ Spinoff Movie Slated for 2017 with Will Arnett Returning

By October 10, 2014
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One of the absolute best parts of this year’s The LEGO Movie had to be Will Arnett’s performance as Batman. True to who that character is while also not afraid to embellish elements and take things in a more irreverent direction, Batman provided some of the best laughs of a movie that was already filled with them — and it looks like Warner Bros. is, again, betting big on the Dark Knight…this time in LEGO form.

According to a piece from The Hollywood Reporter, a LEGO Batman spinoff film is being fast-tracked into production at WB, with Will Arnett set to reprise his role as the Caped Crusader from The LEGO Movie. Other production personnel returning from that film include animation supervisor Chris McKay (who will direct this film) and producers Roy Lee, Phil Lord, Dan Lin, and Christopher Miller. Seth Grahame-Smith will write the screenplay. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the project decides to strictly stay in the world of Gotham City, or whether it’ll take a more active and massive crossover approach as happened with The LEGO Movie. Could we see the Millennium Falcon fly alongside the Batwing to stop the Joker, or could other Justice League members from The LEGO Movie (like Jonah Hill’s Green Lantern, Cobie Smulders’ Wonder Woman, or Channing Tatum’s Superman) show up alongside Batman? There are an infinite number of directions that a movie like this can go, especially considering the broad and diverse canvas of the first film.

While this will be the first time this sub-franchise makes it onto the big screen by itself, the LEGO Batman series is already very popular on its own in a number of formats, the biggest of which are the actual LEGO sets that are Batman-centric. There’s also a popular video game series with two best-selling installments with a third on the way this year, and a straight-to-DVD computer animated movie. According to these early reports, the LEGO Batman feature film is taking over the original 2017 release slot for the initially planned sequel to The LEGO Movie, which has been delayed, so it seems we’ll be seeing a lot of The Dark Knight on the big screen in the next three years with this and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice coming out in 2016.

For more details on the LEGO Batman movie as they develop, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation.com!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.