Ahead of the Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, the studio has unveiled four never-before-seen images from The LEGO Batman Movie, the upcoming animated spin-off to 2014’s The LEGO Movie. Will Arnett’s titular superhero/Bruce Wayne was the main focus of the first two teasers and batch of images released for the film earlier this year, but these new pictures offer up a glimpse at two hugely important characters in Batman and DC Comics lore: Zach Galifianakis’ The Joker and Michael Cera’s Robin/Dick Grayson. Additionally, The Joker’s Suicide Squad co-star and iconic sidekick, Harley Quinn, is shown driving a flashy convertible in one of the stills. Check out the vibrant pictures, courtesy of USA Today, below…
On Batman and The Joker’s relationship, director Chris McKay said, “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.” A string of mayhem and destruction all over Gotham City apparently follows as The Joker tries to make good on his word.
As for Robin, McKay shared, “Robin is a super-positive kid who always sees the glass as half full. Really, at the end of the day, he just wants a hug. Michael brings the sweetness and honesty.” Hilariously, Bruce Wayne accidently adopts Robin at a charity auction, according to the outlet.
McKay went on to make a fascinating comparison, saying that “LEGO Batman is About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann,” in that Wayne is a single bachelor who suddenly has to take care of a child.
Yesterday, a short 15-second promo video for The LEGO Batman Movie’s forthcoming Comic-Con arrival hit the web; at the panel, audience members will get to see a new trailer for the movie, along with looks at Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Kong: Skull Island and more.
The LEGO Batman Movie is set for release on February 10th, 2017 and sees Arnett, Cera and Galifianakis joined in the voice cast by Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes (Spectre) as Alfred and Mariah Carey as the Mayor of Gotham. The film was written by McKay, Erik Sommers and Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.