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‘LEGO Batman Movie’ Lands Mariah Carey as Mayor of Gotham

‘LEGO Batman Movie’ Lands Mariah Carey as Mayor of Gotham

Don't worry, Batfans! The LEGO Batman Movie isn't about to gender swap one of DC Comics most iconic characters. An earlier report from Deadline claimed the soul singer was about to assume the role of Commissioner Gordon in this animated superhero spinoff. But she's actually playing the Mayor of Gotham.

Mariah Carey is currently in talks to voice the as yet unnamed Mayor of Gotham, according to THR. Warner Bros. is trying to keep the entire movie under wraps, so we likely won't hear exactly whom she's playing in terms of the character's name and role in the story any time soon. The film continues the adventures of the Dark Knight mini-fig first introduced on the big screen in 2014's The Lego Movie.

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‘LEGO Batman Movie’ Lands Ralph Fiennes as Alfred

‘LEGO Batman Movie’ Lands Ralph Fiennes as Alfred

Last year's blockbuster The Lego Movie featured Will Arnett lending his voice to Batman, and while fans saw a number of other DC Comics superheroes like Superman (Channing Tatum), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), the jam-packed cast of characters didn't include any other iconic figures from Batman lore. Warner Bros.' upcoming spinoff The LEGO Batman Movie is about to change all that, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Ralph Fiennes has come aboard to voice Bruce Wayne's faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth. The role marks the Oscar winning actor's first voice over role since 2005's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Ralph Fiennes joins a growing voice cast that includes Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker and Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, alongside Will Arnett. No plot details have been released yet, but producer Chris Miller, who co-directed The Lego Movie with Phil Lord, revealed last November that the animated spinoff will span every era of Batman filmmaking. He also compared their approach to this growing LEGO universe as the opposite of Marvel's The Avengers, since The Lego Movie started with all of these characters together, before branching off and exploring different worlds.

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‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie & ‘Han Solo’ Spinoff Teased

‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie & ‘Han Solo’ Spinoff Teased

Earlier today, we reported on the fact that dynamic directing duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are far too busy to return to their Jump Street franchise to direct 23 Jump Street. While they will still produce that movie, they have bigger fish to fry. The pair are responsible for two other very important franchise movies set up at different studios. They will be directing the Spider-Man Animated Movie for Sony, which arrives in 2018 following the studio's live-action Spider-Man reboot in 2017. And they will also be directing the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie for Disney and LucasFilm, which is expected to hit that same year.

Do you think Phil Lord and Chris Miller have what it takes to bring Han Solo and Peter Parker back to the big screen with a fresh twist that will appeal to old and young fans alike? Or will it be too much of a challenge? Both films are scheduled to hit the same summer, making 2018 one of the biggest yet. Are you excited? Or is it too soon?

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‘23 Jump Street’ Needs a New Director, Script Is Finished

‘23 Jump Street’ Needs a New Director, Script Is Finished

Given the filmmakers' incredible slate, the news isn't terribly surprising. There are likely several fans who will be disappointed that this movie sequel is moving forward without Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm. 22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman wrote the 23 Jump Street script, which addresses the multiple fake sequels that showed up at the end of 22 Jump Street.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller confirmed that Rodney Rothman's script features an "outrageous idea" that makes all of those proposed 22 Jump Street a part of the movie canon. The story will, "do something that hadn't been explored in those 22 sequels and simultaneously tell the next chapter in the story." Unfortunately, no further story details were given, but it sounds like the story is firmly set in place.

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‘LEGO Batman Movie’ Will Span Every Era of Batman Filmmaking

‘LEGO Batman Movie’ Will Span Every Era of Batman Filmmaking

Fans of The Lego Movie won't get the straight-up sequel The Lego Movie 2 until sometime in 2018, but they will get to explore more of this universe in two upcoming spin-offs, Ninjago in 2016 and The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are serving as producers on these spin-offs, with the filmmakers teasing new details in an interview with Empire.

Are you looking forward to a shared LEGO movie universe? Chime in with your thoughts below.

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‘The Lego Movie 2’ Lands Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller

‘The Lego Movie 2’ Lands Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who both wrote and directed this year's blockbuster The Lego Movie, have signed on to write the sequel The Lego Movie 2, but it still isn't known if they will come back to direct.

We reported in February that Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Nancy Drew) were writing the script, but now Warner Bros. has brought back the original writers to work on the script. We also reported in March that Chris McKay signed on to direct the sequel, but Warner Bros. moved him over to the spin-off The LEGO Batman Movie.

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‘22 Jump Street’ Directors Target ‘Rosie Project’ Adaptation

‘22 Jump Street’ Directors Target ‘Rosie Project’ Adaptation

22 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are developing The Rosie Project for Sony Pictures Entertainment as a potential directorial vehicle.

The studio acquired the novel by Graeme Simison back in April, with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Fault in Our Stars, The Spectacular Now) coming aboard to write the screenplay adaptation, after the author took an initial pass at the script.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Eyes ‘The LEGO Movie’ Directing Duo

‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Eyes ‘The LEGO Movie’ Directing Duo

The news comes just one day after Ivan Reitman stepped down as director, with production scheduled to begin in early 2015.