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A Complete Guide to Comic Book Movies in 2017

on February 06, 2017, 9:30am
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The LEGO Batman Movie


Release Date: February 10th
Company: Warner Bros.
Outlook: Always be the Batman.

Seemingly against all logic, The LEGO Movie was a deserving smash in 2014. It had incredibly inventive visuals, gallons of heart, and ridiculous all-ages comedy. So giving Will Arnett’s blocky Batman his own film wasn’t only financially sound for WB, but gleefully exciting for fans. As with the original LEGO production, trailers for The LEGO Batman Movie hint at a film that’s going to be exceedingly smart on top of just pure fun. First-time director Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) and a team of writers including Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna look to have crafted a playful satire of the Dark Knight that pokes fun at his lonerism while simultaneously exploring the fear of connection that’s at its center. It could be one of the most fascinating re-examinations of Bruce Wayne in years, and it’s coming packaged with the wacky visual world of LEGO and an undeniable cast (Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn, and in a stunning dream-come-true piece of fanboy casting, Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face). This is the first of two films starring Batman in 2017, and there’s a fair chance it could end up being the better one.

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