The marketing for The LEGO Batman Movie has so far been able to boil the basic premise of the film down to a few important beats. Key among them is Batman’s inability or unwillingness to form a lasting bond with anyone because, you see, he’s a bit of a loner. So far, the various previews and TV spots for the film have all played up the distance at which the Caped Crusader keeps himself from others in his life. It’s a distance that’s pretty much the same for his ward Robin as it is for his arch nemesis the Joker. But in true LEGO movie fashion, the Dark Knight Detective is set to learn the value of teamwork, camaraderie, and yes, proclaiming himself open to accepting an arch nemesis in his once solitary existence.
If the theme sounds familiar it’s because The LEGO Batman seems to be borrowing the teamwork-makes-work-better premise from its cinematic predecessor The LEGO Movie. That makes sense, considering it was through that offering audiences everywhere were introduced to Will Arnett’s comically dark, gravelly voiced vigilante who just so happens to have a penchant for singing songs about how rough his childhood was. In essence, it affords The LEGO Batman movie a chance to play around with topics familiar to the franchise but in an entirely different world – one that most audiences are already well versed in.
Whereas the first LEGO Movie was tasked with introducing Chris Pratt’s Emmet Brickowoski, Will Ferrell’s Lord Business, and Elizabeth Banks’ Wyldstyle, the Batman extension of the LEGO cinematic universe will take viewers to a brick-y Gotham City, one filled with a host of familiar characters – but with a Danish toy twist. And the new extended TV spot for the film takes viewers deeper into the almost-but-not-quite spoof of Batman and his rogues’ gallery, starting with a rather funny exchange between the titular hero and Zach Galifianakis’ unique take on the Joker.
The opening takes a playful little swipe at Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, while setting the ground rules of Batman’s relationship with the Clown Prince of Crime – or at least Batman sets some ground rules with his heartbreaking declaration of “There is no us. Never will be” to a psychotic clown, floating in front of a man dressed as a bat, asking him to be his greatest enemy. Because after all, who needs lasting bonds (or a nemesis) when you’re the biggest celebrity in Gotham and nobody knows you secret identity? As Batman says, he likes to fight around.
The rest of a TV spot offers a who’s who of Gotham’s greatest and not so greatest when it comes to those who want to do battle with the Batman. In addition to the Joker, there are shots of Bane, the Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, and Scarecrow. But the real treat comes when Gentleman Ghost, Calendar Man, and the Condiment King make an appearance, much to the incredulity of an airline pilot, which further proves the movie knows there are plenty of laughs in Batman’s catalog of crazy villains.
From the looks of it, LEGO Batman will have his work cut out for him, so joining forces with Robin and Batgirl sounds like a pretty good idea. And if it all works out, maybe, just maybe Batman will find he has room in his heart for a greatest enemy after all. Time will tell when The LEGO Batman movie hits theaters.