Directors of The LEGO Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were on the Empire Film Podcast this week and gave an interesting detail about the upcoming LEGO Batman spin-off.

The LEGO Batman spin-off was announced just recently and it generate a large amount of buzz due to  the Will Arnett Batman character absolutely stealing scenes and that it would be releasing earlier than previously announced LEGO sequels and spin-offs.

When the Batman spin-off came up during the podcast this is what Miller had to say:

Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone.

Every era in the Batman movie mythos being presented in one film is going to be an absolute blast to witness. By the time the LEGO Batman film hits theaters we will have seen the Ben Affleck version of the character so hopefully we will be able to see that version of Batman all the way back to the Adam West take on the character. And with the differing looks of Gotham throughout the decades I can only imagine that the LEGO designers are going to do amazing work depicting each.

Miller also brought up the fact that there have been multiple tellings of Batman’s origin story, so hopefully the film will play around with those as well. Humor can certainly be found with forcing Batman to tell multiple versions of his parent’s death. On second thought, maybe that idea is too dark. On third thought, Arnett doing impressions of Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale and others retelling how he become Batman could be a laugh riot.

Lord and Miller also briefly discussed the idea of LEGO movie spin-offs in general and compared what they are doing against what Marvel is doing:

Miller: “The thing is about these movies is that each of them have their own tone and their own voice. We’re doing this Ninjago one with Charlie Bean, we’re working on the Batman one, and each one of them feels like its own movie, but obviously they all exist in the universe that the Lego movie existed in, and so finding that balance has been part of the trick.”

Lord: “It’s like we started with The Avengers and now we’re going to spin off and explore the different worlds, then come back.”

Very interesting that they compared what Warner Bros. and LEGO are doing with their films as the opposite of the Avengers approach because that was an idea many posed online about what the studio should do with their DC properties.

The LEGO Batman Movie is slated to arrive in 2017.

via Empire Online


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