The Lego Batman Movie has barely been out for a week and it has already been successful. We’ve even reviewed the film. Yet, although the anticipated follow-up to the hugely popular The Lego Movie is doing well, it has big shoes to fill. Of course, fans of DC had a lot of disappointment in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year. Yet, The Lego Batman Movie gives us hope. As Collider mention, the film has a host of villains from DC and beyond. In addition to this, it also sees an entirely new and original story, focusing in on Batman/Bruce Wayne and his “solitary life”.
Recently, Collider held an interview with The Lego Batman Movie director and co-director of the first LEGO and Warner Bros. team up, The Lego Movie, Chris McKay. The plot of this film already centres around a well-established character, giving the production an advantage over The Lego Movie. In the interview, Collider‘s Steve Weintraub asked Chris McKay how much freedom he had on production:
There’s a lot of pressure. You know, in success everybody wants to be a part of it so there was a lot more eyeballs on the movie. A lot more rules and that sort of thing. Fortunately, we had great partners with DC, LEGO, Warner Bros. and, you know, every time we ran into anything that sort of pushed the envelope a little bit we all got through it together. Obviously I wanted to reference things like Iron Man, other properties that were outside there and that kind of thing and they allowed us to do that. So, they allowed us to have fun, ultimately, but – yeah, at first there was a lot of pressure.
The Lego Batman Movie also sees the Joker team up with a huge ensemble of villains from DC and beyond. Chris McKay explains the reasons for bringing in a big cast:
…he [Joker] had to up his game, and it sort of felt natural because that’s the way that kids play. They sort of mash up characters from other worlds to play with other toys and bring them together. And so I wanted to go out and grab characters from around the history of comic books and movies and TV, and that kind of thing and bring them into this world. Because it’s just sort of fun to do that and also made Joker’s plan a better plan.
You can check out the full interview with Chris McKay over on Collider. The Lego Batman Movie is in cinemas now.
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