In an interview with Empire magazine, Chris McKay shared the following about his take on the capred crusader:
“Just the idea of Batman is absurd. A guy who learns karate and dresses up at night to beat people up is ridiculous.” Luckily, this is no bad thing for The LEGO Batman Movie’s director, Chris McKay (best known for Robot Chicken), who went on to tell us in the new issue of Empire how LEGO Bats’ (voiced by Will Arnett, who only works in black. And sometimes very, very, dark grey, lest we forget) first solo outing “affectionately comment[s] on all that”.
He went on to mention some of the movie’s important co-stars:
“Ralph committed fully to LEGO Alfred,” McKay told Empire. “He told me he was inspired by [1935 high-society comedy] Ruggles Of Red Gap. It was amazing seeing him in the booth doing all this space work.” And what of Galifianakis’ Joker, the second (after Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto) in as many years? “I wish I had a story about Zach sending us dead rats,” laments McKay, “but he’s an incredible Joker. I’ve listened to him riff with Will for hours”.
The movie is set to hit cinema screens February 2017, amid a mix of sets, Dimensions expansions and collectible minifigures.