THERE’S GOING TO BE A LEGO BATMAN MOVIE — FINALLY SOMEONE IS DOING SOMETHING ABOUT ALL THIS LEGO CRIME
By Chris SIms
To this day, The LEGO Movie remains one of exactly two movies about Batman released in my lifetime that I missed out on seeing in the theater. The other, incidentally, is Mask of the Phantasm, and I’m as surprised as you are that I somehow missed out on that one, but considering that I didn’t have a car or my own source of income when I was 11, I can at least use that as an excuse. Sadly, missing out on The LEGO Movie is entirely on me, and remains one of my greatest regrets.
But here’s the good news: It seems that I’m getting another shot at seeing the blocky, thumbless incarnation of the World’s Greatest Detective on the big screen, because Warner Bros. has announced a LEGO Batman movie coming to theaters in 2017.
LEGO SAN DIEGO EXCLUSIVES INCLUDE ADORABLE BATMOBILE, COLLECTIBLE COLLECTOR, AND MORE
LEGO, the world’s greatest toy, has now officially revealed all the ways it intends to drive fans and collectors into fury, anguish, and despair at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con with its range of exclusive sets and minifigures only available on the con floor.
The main draw this year will surely be the ridiculously cute Batmobile set, which comes with Batman and Robin minifigs and an innate sense of joy and delight.
AMAZING: ADAM WEST WILL APPEAR AS HIMSELF IN ‘LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM’
Adam West is truly a Renaissance Man. He was, of course, Batman. He saved a Las Vegas Casino from computer destruction. He was actor and action hero Ty Lookwell. And now, he’s a LEGO figure.
Well, in a video game, anyway.
According to a tweet from the LEGO Batman Twitter account, the revered actor will be playing none other than himself in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
It’s not entirely clear just how much of a role West will play in the game — it likely won’t be much more than a cameo, but you never know — but from the looks of the image developers Traveller’s Tales provided, it does look like he’ll be hanging out in the Batcave, which is the right place for him.
West will be joined by Troy Baker, who voices Batman for the LEGO games, and Travis Willingham (Superman), along with a huge cast of other superheroes.
Batman’s been all over the world of LEGO lately, appearing (as voiced by Will Arnett) in The LEGO Movie back in the spring. With all the love Batman’s been getting from the building block brand, it’s nice to see West getting some acknowledgement.
And hey, LEGO, make that Adam West mini-figure. For real.
‘LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM’ TO BLAST BATMAN (AND 150 OTHER DC CHARACTERS) INTO SPACE THIS FALL
By Chris Sims
I don’t think it’s going to surprise anyone if I mention that the LEGO Batman series has produced some of my all-time favorite superhero video games. I mean, I like LEGO and I certainly like Batman, so that’s a no-brainer, but the truth of the matter is that they’ve started off strong and just keep getting better. The second game’s expansion into a huge, open LEGO version of Gotham City populated with the heroes of the Justice League was really fantastic, and I’ve often wondered how they were going to top it. I figured maybe they’d throw in a few visits to other cities and call it a day.
Turns out, I vastly underestimated the developers at TT Games. They, along with Warner Bros. Interactive, have just announced LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and this time, IT’S IN SPACE.
‘HOW IT SHOULD HAVE ENDED’ TAKES ON ‘THE LEGO MOVIE’ IN STOP-MOTION STYLE
If you saw The LEGO Movie a few months back, you may have noticed that it posits a pretty interesting world, where all of LEGO’s licensed characters — well, all the characters not currently owned by Warner Bros.’ corporate rivals, anyway — coexist as blocky little mini-figures. This is pretty cool, since it’s not often that you get to see Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Michaelangelo, Dumbledore and Gandalf all hanging out. But it does present an interesting story problem. How exactly do you present a problem that all of those characters can’t solve? Which, of course, is exactly whatThe LEGO Movie does.
The folks behind How It Should Have Ended have taken a slight bit of exception to this, and in order to address it, they’ve kicked out a pretty awesome two-minute stop motion animated video featuring the World’s Finest.
DC’s heroes — particularly Batman — were the ones that got the big-screen treatment in this weekend’s box office winner, The LEGO Movie, but that isn’t stopping fans from bringing a few Marvel movie characters to life, too.
The team of Antonio and Andrea Toscano have lovingly recreated the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier completely in LEGO bricks and minifigures, and it’s pretty doggone fantastic.