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.
The LEGO Batman Movie will be the first of these spinoffs to hit theaters, arriving on February 10, 2017, going up against Universal's Fifty Shades Darker and 20th Century Fox's The Mountain Between Us. That will be followed by Ninjago on September 22, 2017, The Lego Movie Sequel on May 18, 2018 and The Lego Movie 3 on May 24, 2019. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be producing all of these movies, but they will not be back to direct, since they recently signed on to take the helm on Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie, set for release on May 25, 2018.
Chris McKay, who served as animation supervisor on The Lego Movie, is making his directorial debut, working from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Gremlins, Beetlejuice 2). Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It isn't known what other iconic Batman characters will be brought in for The LEGO Batman Movie, since there certainly are several to choose from.
Ralph Fiennes will next be seen reprising his role as M from 2012's Skyfall in Spectre, opening in theaters this weekend. He will next be seen in the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!, arriving in theaters February 5, 2016, and he also has Flying Horse and A Bigger Splash hitting theaters sometime next year, although they don't have release dates in place. Do you think Ralph Fiennes is a good fit to portray Alfred in The LEGO Batman Movie?