Somehow, no matter what medium he exists in, Batman somehow manages to steal the spotlight away from everyone. Not only was the world of 2014 surprised at just how hilarious and well written The LEGO Movie was, but that its inclusion of a LEGO Batman would be the scenestealer. What should have been nothing more than commercialization of brand titles became a funny satirical take on the Caped Crusader, over-emphasizing the characteristics that fans felt defined the character of Batman. Voiced by Will Arnett, this Batman’s broodiness and ego just go to show how obsessed he is with dark colors and Bat-puns, as well as being something of an overgrown man-child. He might not be accurate to the comic books, but LEGO Batman definitely struck such a cord with audiences, and his recent Comic-Con trailer just goes to show how much of contrast LEGO Batman is to Batffleck.
Debuting yesterday at San Diego Comic Con, the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie opens up in hilarious fashion, with Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) taking away Batman’s computer privileges on account of his “unhealthy behavior.” He constantly fights crime like the arrogant badass that he is, but is so caught up with his role as a vigilante that he hisses in fear of the morning sun (because Batman= constant darkness and brooding.) Convincing him to get his life back into shape, Alfred suggests that Batman start by taking care of his newly adopted ward Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), leading into a hilarious take on the Robin origin story. The jokes that follow are beyond hilarious, from Grayson’s cluelessness on Bruce Wayne’s identity as Batman to the “culturally offensive” roster of Bat-costumes to what is essentially a plausible explanation as to why Robin’s signature outfit involved him wearing green undies. It’s all a brilliant satire of the Batman mythos and “God-damn Batman” icon status that we affiliate the character with and I’m excited to see what else this movie has under its sleeve.
The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay (Bojack Horseman) and will premiere in theaters February, 2017.
— LEGO Batman (@LEGOBatmanMovie) July 24, 2016