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'Lego Batman' to 'acknowledge' previous big screen incarnations
By the time Ben Affleck arrives in 2016's "Batman V Superman," moviegoers will have seen a half dozen different big screen incarnations of the Caped Crusaders over the years.
And in 2017, "Lego Batman" -- a spin-off of this year's smash "Lego Movie" -- will mine that collective Bat-knowledge for maximum mini-laughs.
Co-director Chris Miller and Phil Lord ("22 Jump Street") revealed how the animated film will recognize the cinematic Bat-glut in a recent interview with Empire. "Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged," Miller explained. "There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone."
Will that mean that Will Arnett's gravelly "Lego" version will cross paths with Christian Bale's even-more-gravelly "Dark Knight" or maybe George Clooney's suave, slightly embarrassed take on the character from "Batman and Robin"?
Meanwhile, Lord added that the various "Lego" movies in development -- including "Ninjago" and "Lego Movie 2" -- will all be tied together, ala the Marvel universe. "It’s like we started with The Avengers and now we’re going to spin off and explore the different worlds, then come back," he explained.
"Ninjago" arrives first on October 14, 2016, with "Lego Batman" following on February 10, 2017, and "Lego Movie 2" aiming for a 2018 release.