Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Perhaps no superhero has as famous a rogues gallery as Batman, who seems to attract baddies by the bucketful. (It’s almost like patrolling alleyways dressed as a bat isn’t the most effective way for a billionaire to fight crime.) So now that the tiny plastic version of Batman is getting his own spinoff, The Lego Batman Movie, it’s only natural that his tiny plastic archnemeses are also coming along for the ride. The new Lego Batman Movie extended TV spot introduces a whole bunch of them, including the Joker, Bane, King Shark, Scarecrow, and so, so many more. Watch it below.
Plenty of Batman stories have explored the twisted, almost codependent relationship between Batman and Joker. But I’ve never seen one that ends with the Joker choking back real tears because Batman refuses to admit that what they have is special. Well played, The Lego Batman movie. Galifianakis sounds perfectly cast as the Joker, and I bet he didn’t even have to send Will Arnett a dead pig to get into character.
But the Joker isn’t the only Bat-baddie that comes out to play in The Lego Batman Movie extended TV spot. Joker rattles off a whole roster of classic Batman supervillains, including the Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Gentleman Ghost, Calendar Man, and the Condiment King. And nope, he really isn’t making those up. Director Chris McKay wasn’t kidding when he promised to “go deep into the Batman rogues gallery.”
The Lego Batman Movie drops into theaters February 10, 2017. It also features the voices of Michael Cera as Robin, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Mariah Carey as Mayor McCaskill, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn, and Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.
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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. 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.