Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and 'The Lego Movie' cast have created a hilarious safety video for Turkish Airlines.
Like many movie fans, we rushed to see the new Justice League trailer over the weekend. But were we the only ones who wished that the super team of Batman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman were having a little more fun?
This weekend’s box-office champion, The Lego Batman Movie, is rife with allusions and callbacks to the Dark Knight’s rich cinematic history from the Caped Crusader’s days as a ‘40s serial star up to last year’s face-off with the Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Early on in Lego Batman, Gotham City’s champion (voiced by Will Arnett) inadvertently adopts a ward, young orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera). A brooding loner by nature, Batman willfully ignores the kid much to the consternation of his butler companion, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), who takes it upon himself to push the soon-to-be Dynamic Duo together by granting Dick access to the Batcave.
Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie won the Valentine’s Day box-office race with $55.6 million from 4,088 theaters, the top opening of the year to date even though it had been expected to clear $60 million or more. Conversely, the erotic, S&M-laced Fifty Shades Darker came in ahead of projections with $46.8 million from 3,710 theaters. The female-fueled Fifty Shades Darker came in 44 percent behind the record-breaking $85 million bow of Fifty Shades of Grey on the same weekend two years ago.
One triumph of The Lego Batman Movie is its ability to simultaneously satirize and celebrate the legacy of the Dark Knight, a rich history spanning eight decades of comic books, TV shows, and, especially, films. From Will Arnett’s Christian Bale-inspired gravelly growl to callbacks to the 1940s serial, The Lego Batman Movie is overstuffed with cinematic references and inside jokes. The pilot immediately calls out the Joker, pointing out how his previous big-screen endeavors were thwarted by the Caped Crusaders, alluding to both 2008’s The Dark Knight and 1989’s Batman.
Three big movie sequels will be vying for you attention this weekend: “John Wick: Chapter 2,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” and “Fifty Shades Darker” have arrived.
In 1999, the Lego Group made a big move with its first agreement to license intellectual property — Star Wars. DC Comics is one of many properties to have a licensing agreement with Lego Group. Other properties would soon follow, including Marvel, Angry Birds, and, of course, DC Comics.
Part parody, part paean, The Lego Batman Movie lovingly plumbs the depths of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery to reward long-time Bat lovers — and perhaps confound casual fans. The Clown Prince of Crime has recruited a who’s-who of fellow felons, among them such major big-screen miscreants as Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Bane, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy, as well as Suicide Squaddies like Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and Captain Boomerang. Yes, Condiment King is real.
Will Arnett is known for, among other things, his trademark low voice. He’s used it to great comedic effect in television shows like Arrested Development and BoJack Horseman, so it was only natural to have him take on the role of Batman in the 2014 smash hit The Lego Movie. But while his voice is naturally pitched low, he pushes it even further when playing the Dark Knight. Yahoo Movies asked Arnett how playing the part affects his voice.
At the Las Vegas CinemaCon in April 2016, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced after months of speculation that Ben Affleck would take on the directorial duties of the upcoming standalone Batman movie. As time went on, however, it seemed less and less likely Affleck would do so. Ben Affleck determined he didn’t have the bandwidth to star and direct a standalone Batman film.
The Lego Batman Movie is out this weekend, but the next film in the franchise already is coming down the pike. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. released a teaser for the first trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie. As a mysterious invasion force moves in on Ninjago City, Master Wu (Jackie Chan) assembles this young group of ninja for the first time.
The plastic universe of Lego once again becomes a stylized satire of the real world in a witty and bedazzling animated superhero caper that dares to mock its own hero’s raging ego. The first thing to say about The Lego Batman Movie is that it’s kicky, bedazzling, and super-fun. The second thing to say about it is that, like The Lego Movie (2014), it’s a kiddie flick that’s been made in a sophisticated spirit of lightning-fast, brain-bursting paradox.
After spoofing The Great Gatsby, those Chevrolet commercials, and even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the marketing for The Lego Batman Movie turns now to MTV’s Cribs in a parody called Gotham Cribs. Will Arnett’s Dark Knight returns in the parody to offer a tour of “the most tasteful and extravagant mansion in all of Gotham City,” Wayne Manor.
The suit worn by Robin, Batman’s longtime sidekick, was inspired by vintage illustrations of Robin Hood. At least, according to co-creator Jerry Robinson — you know, if you want to take his word for it. In the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, the mythology behind the Boy Wonder’s costume gets turned inside out, and you can take a look in the exclusive clip above.
Ben Affleck will once again star as DC Comics’ vigilante superhero in this fall’s Justice League. Available now on iOS and Android, The Lego Batman Movie Game App will allow users to control Arnett’s sarcastic, mini-fig iteration of the do-gooder as he runs through the streets of Gotham, mans the Batmobile, and DJs (à la Guitar Hero). As evidenced by the clip, The Lego Batman Movie Game App should offer enough comedic craziness to satiate DC aficionados desperate for their next Dark Knight fix.
After the gloom of Batman v Superman, after the doom of Suicide Squad, the lighter side of DC Comics is on display at New York Comic Con, especially when it comes to area carved out by Lego. The brick-happy booth is loaded with new models from the kid-friendly DC Super Hero Girls and The Lego Batman Movie franchises. And towering above them all is Supergirl.
Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Gal Godot, Chris Pine, Eddie Redmayne among the names headed to San Diego for big Hall H presentation
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has only just hit theaters — in the process breaking box-office records, disappointing critics, and eliciting contentious online debate. But Warner Bros. is already looking ahead to their next cinematic adventure starring the Caped Crusader. That, of course, would be The Lego Batman Movie, the highly anticipated spin-off from 2014’s smash hit The Lego Movie, in which the Dark Knight (voiced by Will Arnett) will be imagined as a far jokier, less brooding version of the hero embodied by Ben Affleck in WB’s current blockbuster.
With the word Batman already on everyone’s lips, Warner Bros. decided this is the perfect time to roll out the trailer for The Lego Batman Movie, the follow-up to The Lego Movie that gives the tiny, toy Will Arnett-voiced version of the Dark Knight the time in the spotlight he so richly deserves.