Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
World’s First Look At New Dawn Of The Planet Of Apes Footage
Andy Serkis Caesars the moment
First Clip From Star Wars Rebels
TIE Fighter take down
Max Greenfield Says Hello My Name Is Doris
New Girl star in new comedy
Teaser For Orange Is The New Black Season 2
Piper goes for the throat
Captain America Remains In Command At US Box Office
Rio 2 still second but Transcendence disappoints
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 April 2014
Antonio Banderas Talks Puss In Boots 2
'We take Puss to a completely different land...'
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
17 October 2014
Guardians Of The Galaxy
01 August 2014
Jupiter Ascending
25 July 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Her (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Lego Movie (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Lego Movie (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Delivery Man (2014)
Empire Star Rating
White House Down (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Will Arnett Is Your New Batman
In the Lego movie, at least...

26 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Will Arnett Is Your New Batman

While Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan and the rest of Team Dark Knight Rises have been making clear that they intend to finish their involvement with Batman after this film and Warners has been looking get its superheroes more closely aligned, we didn’t expect them to re-cast the Caped Crusader quite this quickly. But it’s true: Will Arnett will be Batman. In plastic form, at least, for Lego: The Piece Of Resistance. Psych!

OK, so maybe he won’t exactly be stepping in to play Bruce Wayne or his grouchy alter-ego full-time and this won’t be considered a brand new Justice League. But Lego co-directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Chris McKay are in the middle of making the film and have recruited both Arnett and The Five-Year Engagement's Chris Pratt to provide voices for the hybrid film, which blends live action with CG Lego characters.

Pratt will be Emmet, an ordinary Lego mini-figure who just so happens to look remarkably like the most powerful person in the plastic brick world, the MasterBuilder. He’s recruited by a group of strangers to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together.

And Lord and Miller do seem intent on getting Batman and Superman in the same film: while Arnett is locked (and seems like great casting, since he has the growly voice naturally), the 21 Jump Street duo is trying to woo that film's big success story, Channing Tatum, to voice Superman. But he’s still trying to figure out if he can fit it into his crowded schedule, which already includes White House Down, Foxcatcher, the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending (or whatever it ends up being called) and the developing Jump Street sequel.

The newly titled Lego: The Piece Of Resistance is currently set to arrive in February 2014 for American audiences and likely at the same time or shortly after for us. We were already interested to see how far the people who made Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street would push the idea beyond your usual childhood nostalgia-exploiting CG avalanche, and now we’re even more intrigued…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Keener Joins Can A Song Save Your Life?
As Mark Ruffalo's estranged wife
Hugh Laurie May Be Robocop's Villain
UPDATE: He's no longer in talks

Your Comments

I guess somebody had to pick up the cape from Bale More

Posted by DustyOR at 22:24 on 27 June 2012 | Report This Post

Is Franklin going to be Robin?! More

Posted by binksj at 08:53 on 27 June 2012 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014
Empire's pick of the Croisette's finest

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)