It has often been observed how malleable a character Batman is. Over the past several decades he has found himself equally at home busting the heads of petty street criminals and out-witting cosmic menaces with (new) god-like powers. What unities such diverse plots is a common interest in the humanity of the hero. The tone of the narrative might emphasize oppressive bleakness or optimistic redemption, yet what all the best Bat-stories have in common is an interest in who the man is beneath the cowl. This is true of the movies as well; for example, Christopher Nolan’s masterful Bat-trilogy is as, arguably more, concerned with Bruce Wayne than it is with Batman. In many ways, The LEGO Batman Movie liberally skewers the melancholy tone of Nolan’s films, while sharing with them an interest in the hero’s personality. Amidst the bonanza of gags, Chris McKay’s new film has something to say about Batman’s character.
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As superheroes continue to win massive profits at the box office and graphic novels strengthen their literary credentials, the amount of comic book adaptation increase in turn. This year’s crowded slate kicks off on Friday with The LEGO Batman Movie. While the majority of these projects remain dominated by capes and tights, there is some cursory interest in exploring other aspects of the medium. What follows is an overview of 2017’s offerings loosely ranked by level of interest.
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Because Warner Brothers executives get paid by the number of trailers they cut (I swear, I’m not even posting all of them), the studio also unveiled a new one for the forthcoming Lego Batman Movie. Spun-off from the box-office hit The Lego Movie, the preview centers on Will Arnett’s Batman adjusting to that new ward (Michael Cera) he inadvertently adopted. Also featuring Ralph Fiennes’ voice of reason as Alfred. Not featured, since some good things must wait, is Rosario Dawson’s Batgirl . . .
The Lego Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay, opens February 10th, 2017.