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5 Things We Hope To See In Lego Batman
5 Things We Hope To See In Lego Batman
Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:03
Published:10 January, 2017
In a recent look at <a href="http://www.camdenreview.com/reviews/cinema/2017-this-years-new-releases">some of 2017's promising releases</a>, we pointed to The Lego Batman Movie as one of the potential early gems of the year. Building on The Lego Movie's hysterical take on Batman (voice acted with flawless absurdity by Will Arnett), the animated film is expected to be fun for all ages. However, we actually have a pretty limited idea of what it will specifically be about. <br /> <br /> It's going to be another tale of Batman vs. Joker with Gotham City hanging in the balance, which tends to be when Batman stories are at their best. We also know that Batman may have to drop the arrogant loner act and work with others to defeat the Joker, likely conveying a similar message of teamwork and togetherness that we got from The Lego Movie. Beyond that we're pretty much doing guesswork as we look forward to what could well be one of 2017's funnier movies. Here are a few of the things that we hope will help to make The Lego Batman Movie great.<br /> <br /> <strong>1. A Soulless Superman</strong><br /> <br /> Superman isn't actually listed on the cast for this film but he does appear on the poster, and will have at least a small role in the movie. While it's not exactly in Warner Bros.' best interests to mock their own movies, that's exactly what they've already begun to do with Batman. Many agree that Man Of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice put forth a bland, overly serious, and soulless version of Superman (played by Henry Cavill). It would be pretty funny to see the studio acknowledge this debatable misstep through a similar but more self-aware take in this movie.<br /> <br /> <strong>2. Hip-Hop</strong><br /> <br /> Adding to their unique vision for what makes a fun Lego movie, Warner Bros. chose to include a rap song ("Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa) in the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djlsDykmZ_c">extended TV spot</a> for The Lego Batman Movie. Naturally the "Black and Yellow" title works for Batman's uniform and general aesthetic, but it would be fun to see them let loose enough to actually include a hip-hop track or two on this soundtrack.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Mr. Freeze</strong><br /> <br /> Infamously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the beautiful disaster that was 1997's Batman and Robin, Mr. Freeze has become a something of a joke among Batman villains. He never really came up as a possibility in the Christopher Nolan films, and likely won't feature in the upcoming Ben Affleck ones either. However, he <em>did</em> recently resurface,as one of the subjects of this site's latest <a href="https://casino.betfair.com/">lineup of licensed slot arcades</a>. It's a new line featuring some retro Batman villains as themes for jackpot and slot reel backgrounds, and Mr. Freeze shows up alongside The Riddler and Penguin. It would be a lot of fun to see him show up in this movie as well. Sadly, the Joker introduces a whole team of bad guys in the trailer, including Condiment King and Calendar Man, but no Freeze. The best case scenario would be to see Schwarzenegger secretly reprising his role as the voice of a surprise Mr. Freeze.<br /> <br /> <strong>4. Timely Commentary</strong><br /> <br /> It's not The Lego Batman Movie's job to make any serious political statements, but one or two jokes about the turbulent year that was in 2016 or the state of the world today would be pretty amusing. There's some hope for this given <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/news/1606780/lego-batman-has-a-very-special-new-year-message-to-us">the message</a> that came from Lego Batman just to wish us a Happy New Year in early January. Bruce Wayne, imitating Leonardo DiCaprio's Jay Gatsby character, turned and saluted us with a martini glass, with fireworks going off in the background before wishing us a "Happy New Year, from Batman." If they're going to be that current with the promos, here's hoping for a few timely jokes in the film itself.<br /> <br /> <strong>5. Sequel Potential</strong><br /> <br /> Let's be honest. We already know we want a sequel to this movie. It looks like an incredible amount of fun, and maybe the best thing Warner Bros. can deliver is an indication that there's more to come.