Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie, the animated Caped Crusader’s spinoff feature from The LEGO Movie. Will Arnett returns to voice the Gotham vigilante in the satirical spin on the classic comic book character for director Chris McKay (Robot Chicken). From a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, the film centers on the solitary Bat of Gotham whose world is turned upside down when Robin and Batgirl come on the scene.
This teaser trailer is fantastic, and couldn’t come at a better time. While Ben Affleck‘s Batman in Batman v Superman is a very dark incarnation of the Caped Crusader, The LEGO Batman Movie‘s take on the character looks to be equally different, diving deep into the monotonous day-to-day of what it’s really like to be Batman. McKay was the co-director on The LEGO Movie, overseeing the animation from its base of operations in Australia, so he already has a solid handle on the tone that Phil Lord and Chris Miller established in that film, and I really can’t wait to spend 90 minutes with Arnett’s iteration of this superhero, and all the glorious banality that that entails.
The cast is filled out by Michael Cera as Batman’s sidekick Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, and Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth and Mariah Carey as the Mayor of Gotham. The LEGO Batman Movie is set to arrive in theaters February 10, 2017, but for now you can watch the first trailer below.
Here’s the official synopsis for The LEGO Batman Movie:
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. 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.