As seen in the first teaser trailers, The LEGO Batman Movie not only promises to be the second chapter of the newly-minted LCU (LEGO Cinematic Universe), but it also promises to be the ultimate love letter to one of the biggest and most enduring creations in all of popular fiction.
In a recent interview with Collider, Phil Lord and Chris Miller sat down once more to discuss the film. In particular, they dished on director Chris McKay’s devotion to the film’s subject matter and just how many easter eggs there will be.
When asked about the extent of how many eras of Batman the film will honor:
LORD: There is no favoritism, and there are no limits.
MILLER: Chris McKay, the director of the movie, is a real Batman aficionado and knows really arcane stuff that was only in one issue of the comic book in 1972, and that sort of thing.
LORD: And he has a very large Catwoman tattoo on his forearm.
Lord and Miller further elaborated on how much of McKay’s deep knowledge of Batman will bleed into the film (which apparently will be quite heavily):
MILLER: So, it is chock full of stuff for Batman aficionados. It is just a 90-minute Easter egg.
LORD: And it heavily honors the comics. So, it covers all the way through to Batman v Superman.
MILLER: All the way through and to the future.
As the central crux of the story itself centers around the question of whether or not Batman can be happy, it seems only appropriate that said story honors the character’s history in a very LEGO Movie-fashion.
The LEGO Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. Will Arnett reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, with a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes (Alfred Pennyworth), Rosario Dawson (Barbara Gordon/Batgirl), Michael Cera (Dick Greyson), Zack Galifianakis (The Joker), and Mariah Carey as the Mayor of Gotham.
The plot synopsis reads as follows:
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made ‘The LEGO® Movie’ a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure: ‘The LEGO® Batman Movie.’ But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
What do you think? If you are a big Batman buff, are you looking forward to The LEGO Batman Movie?