The LEGO Batman Movie Will Explore ‘Dark Knight Complex’ & Alternative Joker Showdown

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ may not be released until 2017, but its star Will Arnett has teased fans over how the movie will play out, specifically why Bats is so moody and the confrontation with The Joker.


Speaking recently to Entertainment Weekly, Arnett was keen to discuss what the spin-off to ‘The LEGO Movie’ will be about, focusing on what makes The Dark Knight so, ahem, dark.

“What came out of ‘The LEGO Movie’ was the idea of, Batman’s the Dark Knight, so why is he so moody? What’s going on? Why is he so banged up? And wouldn’t it be fun to get in there and explore that?”

The idea of looking at Batman’s past - but not going into origin story mode - is a cool idea, especially with the frivolous tone seen previously in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s ‘The LEGO Movie’. The 2014 film was a massive hit for its amazing animation and fun story, but also because it demonstrated razor-sharp wit.

“[Exploring Batman’s moodiness] was always the intention, but as you record a few sessions and you get on these tangents, you end up taking the entire story down a road that wasn’t necessarily the intended road. It can totally drastically change the narrative just through goofing around.”

This notion of what a spin-off would explore, according to the ’Arrested Development’ actor, was something they’d had in mind shortly after ‘The LEGO Movie’ was released to a rapturous reception.

“The returns kept coming back bigger and bigger, and we felt really good about the movie and were all out celebrating — everybody that was part of the team, the studio, the producers, the cast — and it was kind of tipped that night. ‘Alright, next up is Batman.’”


“And I was like, ‘What?! Really?’ They’re like, ‘Yeah man, let’s do it.’ That’s literally how it happened,” remembers Arnett, who was totally up for continuing the role of the brooding plastic hero, in a role that looks like a heck of a lot of fun.

Not only will we see this dark, complex and very funny side to the character, but we’ll also get a glimpse of (most of) Bruce Wayne at home, alongside Alfred (voiced by Ralph Fiennes). Yet it’s the inevitable showdown with The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) that’s interesting fans.

“Zach and I had a really fun session a little while back, I’ve known Zach forever. The dynamic we landed on for Batman and the Joker that really works for us, I would describe as… refreshing. It’s a little bit surprising. It’s not what people are accustomed to with regards to these two characters.”

No doubt we’re going to see some sort of hilariously epic finale to the movie, but instead of the adult confrontation we see between Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in ‘The Dark Knight’, here there will be plenty of visual gags and verbal quips to smile from ear-to-ear about.

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ is in UK cinemas from 10 February, 2017.

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Picture credit: Warner Animation Group