DC Comics has been expanding their properties on the big screen, most recently with this year's #SuicideSquad and Batman V Superman, both of which faced rather mixed reviews. However, what if there were a movie that fans and critics alike could look forward to? No, I'm not talking about the upcoming #WonderWoman (though, who isn't excited for that?); I'm talking about The LEGO Batman Movie. The latest trailer for the movie is fantastic:
With just a couple months to wait until we can enjoy the film in all its glory, it's about time we meet the voices behind DC's coolest LEGO figurines. #LEGOBatman might not be the film we deserve, but it's the film we need right now. So let's get down to business!
LEGO Batman is full of notorious favorites from #Batman's Rogues Gallery, including some villains that have recently (or not so recently) made their big screen debut.
Harley Quinn - Jenny Slate
Margot Robbie made a huge splash as #HarleyQuinn in Suicide Squad and is set to reprise the role in the recently announced Gotham City Sirens, but that doesn't mean Jenny Slate won't kill it as the deranged psychopath. Known for her comedic ability, Slate was a regular on SNL before playing various roles on television. She was a series regular on House of Lies for two years and also appeared as Mona Lisa in several episodes of the hit comedy show Parks and Recreation and indie movies like Obvious Child. However, Jenny Slate is no stranger to voice acting, having lent her voice to Zootopia, Bob's Burgers, and Secret Life of Pets, just to name a few.
Two-Face - Billy Dee Williams
In some exciting news, #StarWars star Billy Dee Williams will be reprising his role of Harvey Dent. He originally played the two-faced District Attorney in Tim Burton's Batman, before the series was revamped with a new Batman and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face. In fact, this isn't the first time Billy Dee Williams has voiced a LEGO character. In The LEGO Movie, Williams reprised his role of Lando Calrissian from Star Wars.
The Joker - Zach Galifianakis
The #Joker is synonymous with Batman, so it shouldn't be too surprising that he makes an appearance in the movie. Funny man Zach Galifianakis is the perfect person to voice a LEGO version of Batman's greatest enemy (and I'm not talking about #Superman). I was kinda surprised when the Hangover and Between Two Ferns star was announced as the Joker, as he doesn't seem to have a single evil bone in his body, but after hearing his vocal performance in the trailers, Zach will be great!
Any Rogues Gallery wouldn't be complete without somebody to fight and Batman can't take down everybody without a little help from his friends.
Alfred Pennyworth - Ralph Fiennes
#BruceWaynes' butler, Alfred, is probably one of the most important characters to the Batman mythos. Without Alfred who would Bruce have turned into? The voice behind Alfred has also been known as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (that's Voldemort from the Harry Potter series), Count Laszlo in The English Patient, Ramses in The Prince of Egypt, and Ralph Fiennes in real life. Fiennes is a two-time Oscar nominee and has voiced several animated characters, including Moon King in Kubo and the Two Strings.
Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon - Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson had her first film role when she was just 16 and in the two decades since then has built an impressive resume. Dawson will be voicing GCPD Commissioner Barbara Gordon in the movie. This isn't the first time Dawson has played a comic book character either. Most recently Dawson has been busy playing Claire Temple in all of #Marvel's Netflix shows.
Dick "Robin" Grayson - Michael Cera
Canadian actor Michael Cera is perhaps best known for his role in the coming of age story Juno, but few people know he actually turned down being part of the Harry Potter franchise to voice Robin. Like his co-star Rosario Dawson, Cera has also played a #comicbook character prior to joining the LEGO Batman movie as Robin, as he's played the titular character in Scott Pilgrim vs The World. He's also appeared in numerous television shows, notably Children's Hospital and Arrested Development. In fact, he and Batman were in Arrested Development together.
Bruce "Batman" Wayne - Will Arnett
#ArrestedDevelopment star Will Arnett will reprise his role of Batman from The LEGO Movie. Being the first Canadian to play Batman, Arnett gave a wonderful performance the first time around so his own solo movie should be no different. While the live action Batman movies might try to full of darkness and gloom, Arnett's Batman is funny and always ready to joke. In fact, if you want a feel for the #comedy in the movie, check out the holiday greeting Batman and crew sent out to fans:
LEGO Batman has a wonderful cast, full to the brim of incredible talent and plenty of comedic masters. I definitely can't wait to see it in theaters and February can't come soon enough. Did you know all of these actors were in it? Let me know in the comments below!