Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Like most characters who endure for decades, Batman has a way of shifting with the times. Sometimes he’s campy, sometimes he’s super-gritty, sometimes he’s got nipples on his Bat-breastplate, and sometimes he’s a super preppy kid who’s BFFs with the guy from The O.C. One thing that never changes, however, is his trauma over the death of his parents. Even this month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features a scene of the Waynes dying, as if audiences might have somehow forgotten that fundamental detail about Batman’s origins.
And even the tiny, plastic version of the Dark Knight can’t escape that angst. In the new teaser trailer for The Lego Batman Movie — yes, it’s the second Lego Batman Movie teaser trailer in one week, because sometimes the gods are good — Lego Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) stares mournfully at a portrait of his late parents, before Alfred (voiced by Ralph Fiennes) points out that we’ve been down this path many, many times before. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Don’t tell anyone, but my most highly anticipated Batman movie isn’t Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or even Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. It’s The Lego Batman Movie, featuring Will Arnett as the grizzled and raspy voice of the Caped Crusader. I mean, who can who can resist a description like “About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann,” as director Chris McKay recently put it?
We first met the Arnett’s version of the character in 2014’s The Lego Movie, but the spinoff promises an even more up-close-and-personal look at the solitary vigilante. Following a first look at some Lego Batman Movie photos this week, Warner Bros. has dropped the very first The Lego Batman Movie trailer, and you can watch it after the jump.
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“We’re making About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann.” If that quote doesn’t raise your hopes and dreams for The Lego Batman Movie, then what will? Funnily enough, both Christopher Nolan and The Lego Batman Movie director, Chris McKay, were inspired by Mann’s filmography for their Batman films — but obviously we should expect a slightly more comedic spin on the director’s crime movies in this instance.
The above quote comes from McKay, who describes this Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) as “an island onto himself.” Read what else McKay and Arnett had to say about the film, and check out the first The Lego Batman Movie images, below.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Despite a long string of recurring roles and short-lived sitcoms, Will Arnett is still best known to TV viewers as Gob Bluth, the oblivious blowhard from Arrested Development. And that persona has served him well. It made him the perfect choice to play the self-absorbed Batman in The Lego Movie, and the douchey Vernon Fenwick in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
But as fans of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman already know, Arnett can also do bitterness and self-loathing and melancholy really well. And it’s that side he taps into with his other new Netflix comedy, Flaked. Though it’s executive produced by Arrested Development co-creator Mitch Hurwitz, it’s more along the lines of Netflix dramedies like Master of None and Love than, well, Arrested Development. Watch the first Flaked trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Rosario Dawson is jumping from one superpowered universe into another. The Daredevil actress is joining Warner Bros.’ Lego Batman movie as Batgirl, opposite Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, and of course Will Arnett as the Dark Knight himself. Read all about the Lego Batman Rosario Dawson casting after the jump. Read More »
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The Netflix series BoJack Horseman has a goofy comic concept: Will Arnett voices a drunk, washed-up actor who is also a horse. And while the show’s first season was often pretty goofy, it also turned out to be a brutally funny and frequently very dark evisceration of celebrity culture, media, and many other aspects of modern life. It also works well as a full season of interconnected stories — the show isn’t just a string of jokes, but a character piece that builds some involving arcs.
Now there’s a trailer for the second season. Naturally it focuses more on quick jokes than any deeper stuff, but it’s still great. Check out the BoJack Horseman S2 trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Batman may be the most miserable major superhero out there, especially in his current, Christopher Nolan-influenced incarnation. This is, of course, despite the fact that he has all the fame, fortune, good looks, and intelligence that an ordinary person could possibly want. So if all those things can’t make him happy, can anything?
It’s a big question, and one that Chris Miller and Phil Lord hope to answer in The Lego Batman Movie. “Batman is the ultimate in white people problems,” laughed Lord. More about the Lego Batman Movie after the jump. Read More »
What a long, strange trip it’s been for Batman on the big screen. There was the 1966 movie based on the TV show. Tim Burton’s 1989 hit, which lead us to the wild Joel Schumacher films. Christopher Nolan then took over and turned it into Oscar-bait and in a few years, not only will Batman fight Superman and join the Justice League, he’ll be the star of his own Lego movie.
That’s a whole lot of material to work with for writer Seth Grahame-Smith and director Chris McKay, who are making the Lego Batman Movie spinoff set for release in 2017. According to producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, they will acknowledge it all. Read the quote below. Read More »
“Darkness! No parents! The opposite of light!” People liked the Lego version of Batman so much in The Lego Movie that Warner Bros. has fast-tracked development on a Lego Batman spinoff movie.
In fact, while WB still plans to make The Lego Movie 2 eventually, this Batman spinoff is basically taking its place. Chris McKay, who acted as animation supervisor on Lego Movie, will now direct the Lego Batman movie, from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith. Read More »