Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Lego Movie was one of the most well-received films of 2014, and a sequel was something of a no-brainer after it performed very well critically and commercially. When it was announced that WB would be developing both a sequel to the film, as well as a separate film starring the film’s version of Batman, it seemed like another hit in the making, especially considering comments from the filmmakers about how the Lego Batman film would embrace several decades of Batman’s comic book, movie, and television history. Now, we finally have an idea of when we’ll be able to see both of these films on the big screen.
According to Variety, both The Lego Movie‘s sequel and the Lego Batman film have been assigned release dates by the studio. Lego Batman will bow first, with a release date of February 20th, 2017. A spinoff film, Lego Ninjago, has had its release date moved from 2016 to September 22nd, 2017, and the Lego Movie sequel will be arriving in theaters on May 18th, 2018.
The Lego Movie, which released in February of 2014, was an unparalleled success for Warner Bros. for a February release, garnering a 96% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and having a worldwide theatrical gross of over $468 million on an estimated $60 million budget. It’s only natural that a film with such massive appeal would be natural for the sequel treatment, and WB will be banking even more on the new franchise with spinoff films like Ninjago and Batman. The Batman effort also indicates a stronger push on the studio’s part to represent its DC Comics property, with Lego Batman bowing less than a year after next March’s tentpole release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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