New images from director Chris McKay’s The Lego Batman Movie debut The Joker and Robin. Courtesy of USA Today and relayed by Empire, the images give us our first look at The Clown Prince of Crime, voiced by Zach Galifianakis, and Boy Wonder Robin voiced by Michael Cera in their respective Lego forms.
The Lego Batman Movie focuses on Will Arnett’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader first seen in The Lego Movie, drawing heavily from the character’s rich history, but also parodying it just as much. As seen in the movie’s first trailer, expect nods to the character’s obsessions with gadgets, his dual identities and reliance on a butler, all through the witty lens of Lego. However, one can’t make a Batman movie without the inclusion of his famous rogues gallery or trusted allies, Lego or not.
Director Chris McKay told USA Today about The Joker:
“The Joker sees himself on the same level as Batman, a peer, at the top of the game. But Batman says that’s not the case, which sends Joker into a spiral trying to prove to Batman that he is indeed the greatest enemy.”
Much in the way The Joker can’t not appear in the movie, so too can’t Joker fanatic Harley Quinn, who can be spotted in the image below.
Alongside those two formidable foes and other villains said to make an appearance, Batman faces another problem in the movie, Robin. Unlike in the comics, Robin isn’t taken in by Batman after a family accident or stealing the tyres from the Batmobile, he is accidentally adopted at a charity auction.
“Lego Batman is About A Boy as directed by Michael Mann,” McKay told USA Today. “This is a single guy who suddenly has a kid literally drop into his world.”
Needless to say the two won’t be the Dynamic Duo straight away in the movie. Expect the pair to butt heads, courtesy of Robin being an annoying yet adorable kid that Batman never wanted. He’ll make mistakes, but will more than likely save the day. The Lego Batman movie is set to make an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend during the Warner Bros. panel, so it may be safe to assume a new trailer will drop to coincide with these new images.
The Lego Batman Movie is set to release on February 10, 2017.
Images via USA Today/Warner Bros.