For those of you Bat-fans who are keeping score, recent high-profile Batman media projects include Gotham, the prequel TV series that arrived a few weeks ago, and [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870), the blockbuster movie that's scheduled for release in 2016. Last week, yet another big screen Batman project was announced--a Lego Batman, to be exact.
A few days ago, Warner Bros. announced that a Lego Batman movie has been put into motion for a possible 2017 release. It will be a spinoff of this year's The Lego Movie, and Will Arnett will be reprising his role as the brick-ified Dark Knight. Curiously, this wouldn't be the first Lego Batman movie--Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite was released on home video back in 2013 as a tie-in to the Lego Batman 2 video game.
If Warner Bros. wants to make a feature-length, theatrically released movie about the Lego version of its most popular character, why not? The Lego Batman video games are fun to play (with Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham scheduled for release this November) so anything that can extend that colorful and witty interpretation of the DC universe should be a treat for both DC and non-DC fans alike. Nevertheless, it raises an interesting question: What if the Lego Batman movie winds up being a better film than Batman vs. Superman?
Having an animated movie do better than a live action one wouldn't be an unprecedented possibility in Batman history. After all, rumor has it that the home video release of the animated Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, which was originally supposed to be released in 1997 in conjunction with the live action Batman & Robin movie, was pushed back to 1998 when Warner Bros. realized that SubZero was the better movie. Could Warner Bros. be setting itself up to make the same mistake again?