I absolutely loved The LEGO Movie. It’s one of those rare films that works for any age group and it’s the type of movie you can watch again and again and always find something new. So when the film was a monster hit at the worldwide box office, it was no surprise that Warner Bros. moved ahead with a number of different types of sequels. But unlike some franchises that seem like a cash grab by the studio, I’m all in on every one of these because I think there are plenty of worlds and characters ripe for exploration.
Which brings us to the first of these sequels: The LEGO Batman Movie.
Chris McKay, who served as co-director on The LEGO Movie, steps into the director’s chair for this film with LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller serving as producers. But rather than simply making a Batman movie that happens to be animated, all involved seem to have an interest in telling a Batman story that’s never before been told which includes plenty of villains, Robin, and the Caped Crusader coming to terms with his solitary life and lack of family.
The film features the voices of Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Mariah Carey as the Mayor of Gotham, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn, Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face, Conan O’Brien as The Riddler, Jason Mantzoukas as Scarecrow, Doug Benson as Bane, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Kate Micucci as Clayface, Riki Lindhome as Poison Ivy, and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are returning to voice Superman and Green Lantern, respectively with Adam Devine on board to voice The Flash. For more on the film, you can read Matt Goldberg’s glowing review.
At the recent press day, I got to sit down with producer Dan Lin. He talked about why he was nervous about the reviews, if they changed anything in the movie due to fan reaction on Batman v Superman, casting the voices, what he was most excited to put in the film, what plans they have for future LEGO movies and sequels, and so much more.
Check out what he had to say in the player above and below you can check out the recent trailer and official synopsis.
- Why he was nervous if people would like the sequel.
- Did the reaction to Batman v Superman possibly change The LEGO Batman Movie? Says it’s not a reaction to BVS.
- What was he most excited to put in the film?
- Which was the toughest villain to get in the film.
- Plans for future sequels?
- How he’s the Kevin Feige of the LEGO Movie universe.
- How they try and make the films on two levels and how there is a meta element to all these movies.
- Casting the voices.