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Warner Bros isn't just releasing Wonder Woman and Justice League to entertain DC Comics fans next year. The Lego Batman Movie is also coming out, giving Will Arnett's version of the Caped Crusader an adventure to himself after impressing audiences in 2014's The Lego Movie. Unlike the live action Batman movies, The Lego Batman Movie has the privilege of not only being a comedy (on purpose), but also the opportunity to break the fourth wall to their heart's content. That means there will be a lot of Batman-related Easter Eggs sprinkled throughout the story, including at least one Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice reference.
During an interview with Collider, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller described The Lego Batman Movie as being a giant Easter Egg in movie form which will reference a lot of iconic Batman moments throughout the decades, including the movie where Ben Affleck's Batman debuted. They said:
MILLER: So, it is chock full of stuff for Batman aficionados. It is just a 90-minute Easter egg.
LORD: And it heavily honors the comics. So, it covers all the way through to Batman v Superman
MILLER: All the way through and to the future.
It's oddly fitting that The Lego Batman Movie is going to address Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at some point. Whether you liked it or hated it, there's no denying that the second DECU entry was one of the darkest superhero movies ever, so it will be fun to see how this DC movie references or even parodies it. Maybe Batman and Superman will rile each other so much that they'll be on the verge of fighting, but then stop themselves before it gets too ugly, unlike what happened in live action. Besides the Man of Steel, the animated blockbuster will also include appearances from fellow Justice League teammates Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Cyborg and Green Arrow. Hey, Miller said the movie would go to the future. Could that mean we'll get some kind of Justice League movie tease during the Lego adventure? Nah, I shouldn't get my hopes up.
Despite the release of two teaser trailers, few plot details have emerged about The Lego Batman Movie. All that's been officially disclosed is that it will follow the Dark Knight going on a personal journey to find himself and subsequently learn the value of teamwork as he fights to prevent The Joker from taking over Gotham City. Let the building block hijinks ensue! In addition to Will Arnett, the movie's cast consists of Michael Cera as Robin, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Zack Galifianakis as The Joker and Mariah Carey as the Gotham City mayor.
The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017.