‘Lego Batman’ Update: Christopher Nolan Gave His Blessing for the Lego Movie Version
Christopher Nolan may no longer be directing the caped crusaders’ newest adventures on the big screens, but Nolan is still pretty much attached to the iconic character, "Batman or Dark Knight." According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), even producer Dan Lin of the "Lego Batman" franchise had to pitch Warner Bros. and Nolan their interpretation in the coming spin-off animation before producing the pic. Read on for more details on this story.
“We pitched a different kind of Batman. We said, 'You guys have your live-action Batman, we have what we called the LEGO Batman. A Batman that's very self-aware. That is, you know, a bit of a jerk at times.' As soon as they understood there are different universes, that worked out okay,” said Lin in a roundtable discussion from the Hollywood Reporter (THR).
Lin added: "But that was a big challenge going to all the different rightsholders, saying, 'This is how we're going to take your character and Lego-ize it.'"
Nolan, who made his directorial debut with “Following,” is known for his successful work on “The Dark Knight trilogy”; "Batman Begins" (2005); "The Dark Knight" (2008); "The Dark Knight Rises," (2012) which starred Christian Bale as the iconic Dark Knight. The trilogy aimed for a darker and more realistic tone which has proven to be both critically and commercially successful, as well as receiving critical acclaim and numerous records, nominations and awards. Nolan is known for his philosophical and sociological concepts and ideas, exploring human morality, the construction of time, and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity, which are deeply rooted on his works as well as preferring location shooting to studio work, often using practical special effects as opposed to computer-generated imagery.
Set for a 2017 release, “The LEGO Batman Movie” is a direct spin-off of the “LEGO Movie” starring Batman, who was featured in the pic. Due to the popularity of the character in the film, Warner has decided to bring back the character to star in his own pic. Will Arnett, who voiced Batman in the original LEGO pic, will be returning to reprise his role; while Chris McKay, who served as animation supervisor on "Lego Movie," is set to direct the spin-off feature from a script being written by author-screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will also be producing the pic.
And that’s our latest scoop on the upcoming Lego spinoff “The LEGO Batman Movie.” For more updates on celebrities, events, TV shows and upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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