In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, half of the directing pair of such movies as The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street and the upcoming spinoff of surprisingly successful Lego Movie, Chris Miller, got to talking about which iterations of the Caped Crusader fans can expect from the Batman-centric movie.
Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. 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.
Sweet! So it looks as if we're going to get a full cast of Batman-y fun. With Will Arnett set to reprise his show-stealing role as the voice of Lego Batman, it makes me wonder which other actors will play the other versions and if Batfleck will make an appearance.
So who can we hope to expect? Well, as Miller said he will include all of the film versions, but there are still a bunch of other options from the text. Here are just a few that we think should be included.
Golden Age Era Batman, Bob Kane (1939-1950)
If we're talking Batman, of course the original Batman must be included! Where would we be if not for Bob Kane? I imagine he'll be an older, wiser Lego with some bumps and bruises, but also with a lot of elderly insight to share.
Adam West's Batman Series on ABC (1966-1968)
This one is a no-brainer. If Adam West doesn't end up doing the iconic voice of his Batman, well then...I just don't know anymore.
Alan Moore & Frank Miller Era (1986-1988)
This was an absolutely brilliant time for all Batman fans. The darkness and madness that Moore and Miller both brought to the character need to be paid homage in this movie.
Tim Burton’s Batman (1989-1992)
How great would it be to have Michael Keaton actually voice his Lego Batman? While talking to Entertainment Weekly recently Keaton said that he would be down to play the character again if Tim Burton was directing. Tim might not be behind the camera, but perhaps he'd be willing to make an exception if they're just using his voice!
Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
Kevin Conroy would have to show up, right? I mean, his voice in the animated series is already so recognizable! And then, who knows? Maybe Mark Hamill's Joker isn't totally out of the question.
Joel Schumacher’s Batman (1995-1997)
I think that there will have to be some Bat Nipples. How could they not? Especially considering he recently acknowledged and apologized for how strange his run was was at the [Tomorrowland](movie:731011) panel at New York Comic-Con. Maybe a little Lego Clooney that the rest poke a little fun at will be enough to atone for the nips. And what about Val Kilmer? Where would he fit in all of this?
Christopher Nolan Era (2005-2012)
This gruff, hoarse voice has got to be involved. That's sort of what Will Arnett sounds like to begin with. I would absolutely love to hear Arnett and Bale's Legos try to out-rasp each other. Two of the greats going head-to-head.
So what do you guys think? I know that there are a lot more Batmans (Batmen?) out there so I would love to hear about which ones you hope will be included in this big-budget [The LEGO Movie](movie:376368) spinoff. Is it too early to hope for Batfleck?
The [Lego Batman Movie](movie:2340898) is currently set to hit theaters on February 17, 2017.