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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?


Which do you think will be the better movie: Lego Batman or Batman vs. Superman?


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