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The LEGO Batman Movie
Lego Batman Movie Final Poster
Director(s):

Chris McKay

Producer(s):

Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller

Writer(s):

Seth Grahame-Smith

Starring:

Will Arnett
Michael Cera
Ralph Fiennes
Zach Galifianakis
Rosario Dawson
Mariah Carey

Music:

Lorne Balfe

Running time:

104 minutes

Rating:

PG

First released/aired:

January 29, 2017 (Dublin)
February 9, 2017 (Denmark)
February 10, 2017 (United States)
March 30, 2017 (Australia)

Theme:

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Batman

The LEGO Batman Movie is a spin-off of The LEGO Movie featuring the character of Batman that was released on February 10, 2017.

Background

In October 2014, Warner Bros. scheduled The LEGO Batman Movie, a spin-off starring Batman for 2017, which moved The LEGO Movie Sequel to 2018[1] [2]. Will Arnett is set to return to voice Batman, while Chris McKay, who was earlier attached to the sequel, will direct the film which is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Chris Miller [3]. On April 20, 2015, Warner Bros. scheduled The LEGO Batman Movie, for a February 10, 2017 release date[4] and The LEGO Movie 2 for a 2018 release. On October 25, 2014, it was reported that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had signed to write The LEGO Movie sequel.[5] In July 2015, Arnett's Arrested Development co-star Michael Cera was cast to voice Robin[6]. In August 2015, Zach Galifianakis entered final negotiations to voice the Joker [7]. In October 2015, Rosario Dawson was cast to voice Barbara Gordon, the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon who later becomes the crime-fighting heroine Batgirl [8]. The following month, Ralph Fiennes was cast as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler [9]. Mariah Carey, although initial reports indicated she was playing Commissioner Gordon [10], was actually cast as the as-yet-unnamed Mayor of Gotham City[11].

Plot

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. [12]

Synopsis

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Three years after saving the LEGO Multiverse with Emmet and Wyldstyle, Batman continues fighting crime in Gotham City. During a mission to prevent The Joker from destroying the city, Batman hurts his arch-rival's feelings by telling him he is not as important in his life as he thinks he is, leading to the Joker to desire seeking the ultimate revenge on him. The following day, Batman attends the city's winter gala as his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, to celebrate the retirement of Commissioner Gordon and the ascension of his daughter Barbara as Gotham's new police commissioner, but is infuriated when she announces her plans to restructure the city's police to function without the need of Batman. The Joker crashes the party with the rest of Gotham City's villains, but has all of them surrender to the police. Despite realizing that this makes him no longer relevant to the city's safety, Batman suspects his arch-rival is up to something and decides to stop him by banishing him into the Phantom Zone, a prison for some of the most dangerous villains in the Lego Worlds.

Before he can make plans to acquire the Phantom Zone Projector that Superman uses, Alfred intervenes and advises him to take charge of Dick Grayson, whom Bruce had unwittingly adopted as his ward during the gala. Batman eventually agrees and fosters Dick as Robin. The pair manage to recover the Projector from the Fortress of Solitude, before breaking into Arkham Asylum and using it on the Joker. Annoyed at his reckless actions and suspecting that the Joker wanted this to happen, Barbara locks up Batman and Robin. While the Projector is being seized as evidence, Harley Quinn steals it back and uses it to free the Joker, who unleashes the villains trapped within the Phantom Zone to cause havoc upon Gotham, including Lord Voldemort, King Kong, the Wicked Witch of the West, Medusa, the Daleks, Agent Smith, and Sauron.

Realizing that the city does still need him, Barbara releases Batman and Robin and reluctantly teams up with them as "Batgirl" to stop the Joker, with the team joined by Alfred. Batman soon finds himself able to trust and rely on the others, allowing them to defeat Sauron, but upon reaching Wayne Island, he ditches the team out of fear of losing them like his parents, before confronting Joker alone. Upon seeing that the Batman will never change, Joker zaps him to the Phantom Zone, before stealing the Batcave's stash of confiscated bombs and heading for the city's Energy Facility. Arriving in the Phantom Zone, Batman witnesses the harm he has caused to everyone because of his selfishness and slowly realizes his greatest fear when Robin, Barbara and Alfred decide to come to his aid. Making a deal with the Phantom Zone's gatekeeper, Phyllis, to bring back all the villains in exchange for returning to Gotham City, Batman arrives to save the trio and admits to them his mistakes, requesting their help to save the day.

Seeking to stop Joker from setting off the bombs beneath the Energy Facility, thus causing the plates beneath Gotham to come apart and send the city into the infinite abyss, Batman and his allies team up with the city's regular list of villains, after they had felt neglected by Joker, with the group successfully sending back the escaped villains to the Phantom Zone. However, Batman fails to reach the bombs in time, the detonation causing the city to split apart. Realizing how to stop the city from being destroyed, Batman reluctantly convinces Joker that he is the reason for being the hero he is, and working together alongside Batman's friends, the villains, and the city's inhabitants, chain link themselves together, reconnecting the city's plates and saving Gotham City.

With the city saved, Batman prepares to be taken back into the Phantom Zone to fulfill his bargain with Phyllis, only to be rejected by the gatekeeper who chooses to let him remain after she saw how much he had changed in order to save everyone. Batman allows the Joker and the rest of his rogues gallery to escape with the confidence that whenever they return, then they'll be no match for the combined team of himself, Robin, Batgirl, and Alfred.

Spoilers end here.

Cast

Alongside the cast of characters credited by the film, additional characters also appear where their voice actors aren't credited or don't have dialogue in the film:

Alongside Joker, other DC villains associated with Batman have considerable screen-time in the movie ranging from Penguin, Man-Bat, Captain Boomerang, Egghead, Crazy Quilt, Eraser, Polka-Dot Man, Mime, Tarantula, King Tut from Batman, Killer Moth, March Harriet, Zodiac Master, The Mutant Leader from The Dark Knight Returns, Doctor Phosphorus, Magpie, Calculator, Dr. Hugo Strange, a Red Hood, the Kabuki Twins from The Batman, Gentleman Ghost, Clock King, Calendar Man, Kite-Man, Catman, Zebra Man, and a variation of Condiment King from Batman: The Animated Series.

In addition to Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern, a number of DC Heroes (both from the Justice League and Super Friends) make appearances in the movie ranging from Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, El Dorado, Samurai, Wonder Dog (who was the DJ at the Justice League's party), the Wonder Twins, and their Exorian monkey Gleek.

Additional characters from other franchises appear in the movie that include the Daleks from Doctor Who, the Gremlins, the Wicked Witch of the West and her Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz, Lord Vampyre, The Mummy, and the Swamp Creature from Lego Monster Fighters, the Kraken and Medusa from Clash of the Titans, Agent Smith from The Matrix, the great white shark from Jaws, the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts, and the Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptors from Jurassic Park.

There's also a Emmet cameo in the beginning of the movie, when the citizens of Gotham see in the news what happen if Gotham get separated and if they fall in the infinitive dark hole. There's is the scene when Emmet falls to sacrifice everyone else in the Octan Tower.

Gallery

Posters

Videos

Trivia/Goofs

  • The Batman Beyond suit appears in the Batcave.
    • This is the first reference to Batman Beyond in a cinematic movie.
  • Batman is seen taking out Captain Boomerang in the first trailer via a flashback. The Scarecrow, Bane, Catwoman, and Killer Croc are also seen briefly as well. Additionally, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Clayface, and Mr. Freeze can be seen in the second trailer.
  • Joker is seen with Harley Quinn and the Kabuki Twins from "The Batman" in the third trailer. Additionally in the fourth trailer of the film, the C-rate Batman villains seen alongside Joker include: Kite-Man, Penguin, King Tut, Polka-Dot Man, Zebra Man, Eraser, Crazy Quilt, Zodiac Master, Man-Bat, and March Harriet.
  • Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Green Arrow are seen running alongside Batman in earlier trailers for the film.
  • The Gremlins from the 1984 film Gremlins make a brief cameo in the fourth trailer attacking the BatPlane.
  • The Wicked Witch of the West and several Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz have been confirmed to make a cameo in the film alongside the Gremlins via a BatPlane set. The Daleks from Doctor Who will also make an appearance in the film, as shown on a recent TV Spot for the film. King Kong later appears in the extended TV Spot for the film assisting Joker in breaking into the BatCave. Voldemort from "Harry Potter", Agent Smith and his clones from "The Matrix", Super Secret Police bots from "The LEGO Movie", the T-Rex and Velociraptors from "Jurassic Park", General Zod from "Superman", and Stripe from "Gremlins" are later spotted in "Behind the Bricks", and a few commercials for the film alongside Joker.
  • The movie will feature several all-new pieces and accessories: Batman uses a new utility belt piece placed in between his torso and legs, instead of having it printed on his torso; Robin has his glasses attached to his hairpiece; Alfred has a wearable shirt collar piece on his neck; and many villains, allies, and civilians feature new printings and hairpieces.
  • In the official trailer, Robin's solution to his outfit's pants problem by removing them is a nod to his original design.
  • Batman wielding the Jade Blades is a reference to the Ninjago TV series, which they were used in the fourth season. The billboard in Gotham's streets describing 'Ninjagotown' is also not only a nod to Chinatown, but also an Easter egg for the upcoming Ninjago movie in 2017.
  • In the Comi-Con Trailer towards the end, a billboard is spotted next to Ninjagotown, which states 'Lazlo's' and it shows a man with a pig mask. That is a reference to Batman villain, Lazlo Valentin/Professor Pyg, and it might be an implication that he might appear in the film. There is also a truck in the villains clip that states "Lazlo's Slaughterhouse", which is also another reference to Valentin himself.
    • In the same clip, there is a truck that says "Falcone's", which is a reference to Batman villain and mob boss, Carmine Falcone.
  • Unlike most of his other counterparts, this movie's Joker has pointed teeth.
  • Throughout the film, Batman's cowl has more expression than just the eye prints.
    • Making it innacurate to the mold.
    • Unlike The LEGO Movie, his eye prints just made expressions.
  • Orca, Catman, The Mime, Calculator, Red Hood, The Mutant Leader, Calendar Man, Tarantula, and Magpie have not been seen in the fourth trailer, but they have been officially confirmed to appear in sets for the movie and all but Red Hood were seen in a recent TV spot for the film. Dr. Hugo Strange, Egghead, Gentleman Ghost, Condiment King, Killer Moth, and Doctor Phosphorus are later seen on the theatrical poster and the aforementioned extended TV Spot for the film. Clock King is seen in a recent clip of the film which showcases the DC Villains in the film.
  • Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Black Canary, Hawkgirl, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, Samurai, El Dorado, the Wonder Twins (Jayna and Zan), Wonder Dog, and Gleek are also spotted in the theatrical poster and the recent extended "Joker" TV Spot of the film.
  • Vicki Vale and Jor-El make brief cameos in the film. The Kraken and Medusa from Clash of the Titans, and the skeleton army from Jason and the Argonauts appear briefly in the Phantom Zone and in Gotham City causing a rampage. The Swamp Creature from LEGO Monster Fighters also appears alongside other villains, despite being good in The LEGO Movie. Lord Vampyre and The Mummy also appear alongside the Swamp Creature in assisting the Joker in his plot to victimize Gotham City.
  • The Penny Plunderer's coin, the animatronic T-rex from Batman on Dinosaur Island, and the Mad Hatter's hat are briefly spotted in the Batcave.
  • Billy-Dee Williams reprised his role as Harvey Dent from the 1989 Tim Burton Batman. In that film Williams' character had not yet undergone the attack which renders him into Two-Face. Early treatments of the Batman Returns featured Williams playing Dent, transforming into Two-Face at the end to be the villain for a third film. Williams was not cast in the second film and new director Joel Schumacher recast the character with Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Judging by the archive footage of Emmet falling into the abyss, this film takes place after the events of the LEGO Movie.

Notes

  • The film is a spin-off of The LEGO Movie.
  • This is the first theatrical LEGO Batman movie.
  • Like The LEGO Movie, the film uses CGI animated bricks to look like a stop-motion film.
  • Unlike The Lego Movie, this film does not strictly adhere to the physical limitations of actual LEGO pieces. This is readily apparent in the trailers, where Batman's cowl can be seen contorting to match his underlying face, and he sends Alfred flying with a side kick.
  • Chris McKay was originally supposed to direct The LEGO Movie Sequel until he left that to direct this.
  • Parts of the film appear to cover the origins of Robin and Batgirl.
  • This is the first LEGO theatrical film to be based on a licensed theme.
  • This film marks Lorne Balfe's second individual score in a feature-length animated film after DreamWorks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar. Ironically, Balfe has previously programmed music for Batman Begins and composed some additional music for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises (all of which were composed by Hans Zimmer).
    • Thus, it is also the first LEGO theatrical film not composed by Mark Mothersbaugh.

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