Warner Bros. has released an extended TV spot for the studio's highly-anticpated animated spin-off The LEGO Batman Movie, which stars Will Arnett, reprising his role as Lego Batman from the hit 2014 blockbuster The LEGO Movie. This new footage shows how Zach Galifianakis' The Joker desperately wants to form a hero-villain bond with Batman, but The Dark Knight just doesn't think he's that special. This footage also pokes some fun at the studio's own Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Batman telling The Joker that he likes to "fight around."
To get revenge, The Joker assembles a team of the worst DC Comics villains of all-time. While this does include such icons as The Riddler, Catwoman and The Penguin, it also brings some of Batman's most obscure rogues to the big screen. Here, we get to see Calendar Man and the elusive Condiments Man, two characters that The Joker assures us are real, and they are! As they both previously appeared in Batman comics long ago, though fans have probably long forgotten about them.
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. This trailer, which comes courtesy of Warner Bros., showcases Batman's life of solitude, which he tries to break free from, with the help of Alfred and his adopted son, a.k.a. Robin.
The voice cast also includes Michael Cera as Robin, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Mariah Carey as Gotham and Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face, who was just revealed as part of the voice cast earlier this month by director Chris McKay. A new poster that also debuted this month featured a number of DC Comics characters such as Harley Quinn, Superman, Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Mera and more, but Warner Bros. hasn't announced who is voicing these characters yet. Hopefully we'll get details on the full voice cast soon, as we get closer and closer to the February 10, 2017 release date.
The LEGO Batman Movie has its work cut out for it at the box office next February, going up aginst some highly-anticipated competition. The animated spin-off will go up against two highly-anticipated sequels, Universal's Fifty Shades Darker and Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter Two on February 10, 2017. This could be the first big box office weekend of 2017, with three follow-ups to widely beloved movies, but we'll have to wait and see who will come out on top.
Chris McKay, who served as the animation director on The LEGO Movie, makes his feature directorial debut with The LEGO Batman Movie, working from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The LEGO Batman movie will be the first LEGO Movie spin-off, followed by The LEGO Ninjago Movie, arriving on September 22, 2017, with The LEGO Movie Sequel set to arrive on February 8, 2019. Take a look at the extended TV spot for The LEGO Batman Movie below.