If you were hoping for a sequel to the immensely well-made movie The LEGO Batman Film, we have sad news for you.
These LEGO films really are something to be amazed at. It feels like they shouldn’t work, but they do!
The first LEGO movie was originally produced by Warner Bros., although Universal decided last year to exclusively take back the rights to most of the characters and IPs of the LEGO verse. That means Warner Bros. no longer has the creative freedom to make sequels and expand the franchise with these iconic characters.
In an interview with Collider, franchise boss Chris McKay explained the situation and her future plans:
“Dan (Harmon) and (Michael) Waldron did an initial draft of the script, which was really great. It was really epic … from both an action and a story point of view. The structure was Godfather part 2… a story about Batman’s relationship with the Justice League (and Superman) now, as well as the defining moments of the Justice League (and Batman’s relationship with Superman) back then. ”
Impressive! Doesn’t that sound like a great direction for this franchise?
It feels like they have such a unique grand scheme that has made an all-round impression on the audience and fans. Who wouldn’t give this project the green light with a dream team behind them?
Apparently the studios weren’t too keen on the team taking the Batman character more seriously.
Mckay continued “The studio was suspicious that LEGO Batman was an actual Batman movie, so I was constantly told to hold back. Audience (and subsequent films such as In the spider verse) proved them wrong. ”
We’ve seen before that this has put studios off projects, but strangely enough, when a studio decides to take the risk, it’s usually worth it.
So at the end of the day, it’s sad news indeed. But we still have some hope that this grand vision may one day become a reality.
What do you think of the plans for that LEGO Batman Episode? Let us know in the comments!