When Warner Bros. announced it's epic DC movies slate this past October, the studio also revealed that there are four more The Lego Movie sequels and spinoffs heading our way as well, including Ninjago in September 2016, The LEGO Batman Movie in April 2017, The Lego Movie 2 in 2018 followed by Ninjago 2 that same year. While the actually sequel itself is still a couple of years out, Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are already planning out the story, and promise to include more female protagonists.

Speaking with The BBC, Phil Lord described their plans to make this a more inclusive follow-up:

"It's important to us that the movie plays broadly and that we inspire young women as much as we inspire young men."

Chris Miller continued:

"I don't want to give spoilers. But there will be more female characters and more female stuff...There's been a real shortage of [female protagonists] in recent years and I think that the near future will be very different."

The Lego Movie, which featured plenty of characters, only had one female protagonist. WyldStyle served as one of the main leads, played by Elizabeth Banks, and she was accompanied by two other supporting female characters, UniKitty voiced by Alison Brie and Wonder Woman, voiced by Cobie Smulders. It isn't known yet which new or iconic female characters might be brought into the mix this second time around. The script has barely been started on, says Phil Lord:

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"You would think there would be be more pieces in place but all we've written is 'Fade in..,'"

In a second interview with Yahoo!, the directing duo also revealed that R2D2 was almost a main character alongside Batman.

"He was a Batman-level character. We figured we could get R2-D2 because his voice wasn't a human being."

While The Lego Movie did feature a couple of Star Wars: The Force Awakens cameos, R2D2 was not among them. With Star Wars 7 and a number of spinoffs on the way at Disney and LucasFilm, it is not known if any more Star Wars characters will be making an appearance in The Lego Movie 2, which is housed at rival studio Warner Bros. But there's always a chance R2D2 might show up.

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