2014’s The LEGO Movie introduced us to a version of Batman unlike any other portrayed on screen. That popularity has now given way to him starring in his own solo adventure with 2017’s The LEGO Batman Movie which the first teaser trailer finally dropped!
Watch the trailer below:
In previous interviews, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who serve as executive producers for this film) revealed that The LEGO Batman Movie will honor every era of Batman filmmaking. The trailer certainly reinforces this, as each and every Batman film is name-checked at the beginning (from 1989’s Batman to Batman v Superman).
Despite running a brief two minutes (as teaser trailers normally do), we are shown just enough for us to speculate on until a future trailer. For example, we are given some good looks at LEGO-ized versions of Gotham City and a fantastic rendition of the Batcave and the Batwing in action. While we don’t get a glimpse of any other characters set to feature in the movie (Alfred, Robin, Joker, etc.), we do get a major but cool surprise in an action shot featuring Batman presumably leading the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg) into battle. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders were the voices of Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman in The LEGO Movie (respectively) and director Chris McKay did confirm that we’d see cameo from a number of DC heroes.
One of the few mysteries left to be answered is how The LEGO Batman Movie fits into the larger LCU (Lego Cinematic Universe). Does this film take place after The LEGO Movie? Will the film acknowledge Batman’s role as a Master Builder? Will references be made to other characters within the LCU (Emmet and Wyldstyle, for instance)? Hopefully some of these questions will be answered as we get closer to the film’s launch date.
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? Are you excited for the film (based on the trailer)?
Brandon is your average nerd with a love for nerdy things (games, comics, anime/manga, etc.). He also loves reading and writing and plans to be an author someday. For now, he writes with passion and curiosity about the world of animation. He lives with his family in North Carolina and is currently attending college.