One of the highlights of 2014 — at least for me — was The LEGO Movie. For a fleeting moment in a year that many have been happy to kick off the proverbial cliff into oblivion, the movie from writers and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord really did make everything awesome. It was the Will Arnett-voiced Lego Batman that sealed the deal for me. Back in November, Miller gave Empire Online some insight on what to expect from The LEGO Batman Movie coming in 2017.
“Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone.” (Via)
“No spoilers,” Lord teased. “But I will say I think the movie is really exciting because it’s about ‘Can Batman be happy?’”
That’s a pretty great concept there. Have we ever seen a happy Batman? Lord elaborated on the concept further:
“‘Wah, I’m so rich and handsome, and women like me, and I’ve got a Maclaren,’” Lord said, obviously mimicking the Dark Knight. “‘Something about my parents!’”
I’m sure it was intended that everyone read all of that in the voice of Will Arnett. Lord pointed out that — aside from Batman’s emotional journey — the film will contain some pretty epic action sequences:
“The action in it is incredible,” he teased. “It’s impressive.”
Will Arnett has already seen some footage from the film and chimed in with some input:
“The first bit that I’ve seen was mind-boggling.”
I wonder if Christopher Nolan will reprise his role as part-time Batman movie consultant for the film. I say throw everyone a curve-ball and bring on Joel Schumacher instead. That would really be mind-boggling.