Oct. 15, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.
Three more Lego-branded movies are coming to the big screen, following the box-office success of this year’s “The Lego Movie.” “Ninjago,” “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2″ will hit theaters in the next four years, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced during Time Warner’s investors conference Wednesday. The “Ninjago” movie, scheduled for 2016, is directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (“Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” is already a successful Cartoon Network TV series.) The highly anticipated “Lego Batman Movie,” directed by Chris McKay (“Robot Chicken”), is slated for 2017, and “The Lego Movie 2″ will debut in 2018. “By 2020, Lego me will be giving this presentation,” Tsujihara joked. Tsujihara said Warner Bros. would continue to build the Lego brand across mediums, including video games. TT Games, which […]
Aug. 07, 2014 | 9:40 a.m.
Leading up to the fall release of “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham,” the Dark Knight is getting a block-style makeover for the variant cover of “Detective Comics” No. 36. The issue, set for November release, will be one of several Lego-themed variant covers highlighting the iterations of famous characters from the DC stable to appear in the game. Aquaman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Catwoman, among several others, will be treated to the temporary makeover. The “Lego Batman” games have always put a lighter spin on a character that’s traditionally as grim and gritty as they come, but the upcoming third game in the series, “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” will add a bit of retro fun. Players of the game, which will be available later this year for all systems, will get to play a level of the 1960s “Batman” […]
July 27, 2014 | 10:29 p.m.
The “Lego Batman” games have always put a lighter spin on a character that’s traditionally as grim and gritty as they come, but the upcoming third game in the series, “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” will add a bit of retro fun. Holy nostalgia, Batman! Players of the game, which will be available later this year for all systems, will get to play a level of the 1960s “Batman” series, with Adam West himself providing the voice of Batman. Additionally, gamers will also be able to play as the entire ’60s cast, including Robin, the Boy Wonder. They’re just a few of the 150 playable characters in the new game. And in case you’re wondering, yes, Lego Batman will dance the Batusi. Other playable characters include familiar faces from the Justice League and the Legion of Doom. “Lego Batman 3″ […]
May 27, 2014 | 12:42 p.m.
Lego Batman fans: Ready for an all-new challenge? This fall “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” hits stores. A new trailer for the game was unveiled Tuesday. Check it out below. Clearly, the “Beyond Gotham” in the title is an understatement — in this installment of Batman’s Lego adventures, the Caped Crusader travels to space, realizing that he will need to team up with the Justice League and, believe it or not, the Legion of Doom to stop Brainiac. The villain is armed with the power of the Lantern Rings and ready to create universal chaos. With this third edition, the “Lego Batman” franchise has received a major expansion in player options and choices. As with previous versions, it stars the Dynamic Duo, but now players will also have 150 characters from the DC Comics universe to choose from, including familiar […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
“The Lego Movie” opens in theaters today and is already garnering rave reviews, not to mention a poster from Mondo, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division. The limited-edition poster, below right, was created by artist Tom Whalen, whose previous clients include Lucasfilm, Paramount, Disney and more. (Check out Whalen’s posters for “Toy Story,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Monsters, Inc.” and other popular films on his website.) Whalen’s “Lego Movie” poster features the film’s hero Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average Joe Lego mini-figure who is mistaken as “The Special,” a person destined to save the world. The poster also features his friends, including Batman (Will Arnett), Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and more. The poster, which cost $45, went on sale today and is already sold out. The animated feature film has earned a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is being […]
Dec. 16, 2013 | 12:07 p.m.
The first trailer for the upcoming “Lego The Hobbit” video game is out, revealing a comedic take on Middle-earth and its small-statured denizens. The game, which was announced in November, will be based on the first two films in Peter Jackson’s planned “Hobbit” trilogy — “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the recently released “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Like TT Games‘ previous Middle-earth-themed installation “Lego The Lord of the Rings,” gameplay in “The Hobbit” will focus on solving puzzles, finding treasure and battling dark forces, including orcs, trolls and goblins. PHOTOS: 60 images from ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Gamers will be able to play as Bilbo (portrayed in the films by Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and all 13 dwarfs in the company. The trailer also features scenes with the cave-dwelling Gollum, hungry trolls, mischievous goblins and […]
Nov. 25, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.
Bilbo Baggins and his short-statured traveling companions are joining forces against Lego baddies in a new video game. “Lego The Hobbit,” from TT Games, will be based on the first two films in Peter Jackson’s planned “Hobbit” trilogy — “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the upcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The family-friendly take on the franchise will offer gamers of all ages the ability to play as Bilbo (portrayed in the films by Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and all 13 dwarfs in the company. The game features Lego versions of key locations from the films, including Bag End, Bilbo’s Hobbit hole, the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, Rivendell and more. Like the previous Middle-earth-themed installation “Lego The Lord of the Rings,” the Hobbit gameplay will focus on solving puzzles, finding treasure and battling dark forces, including […]
Oct. 09, 2013 | 11:22 a.m.
Thor, Loki and their Asgardian pals are getting the Lego treatment in a new parody of the “Thor: The Dark World” movie poster. The poster, released Wednesday, features Lego versions of the stars of the upcoming Marvel film in a promotion for the “Lego Marvel Super Heroes” video game, due out Oct. 22. The game — for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PC and later for next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — will allow players to control more than 100 characters from the Marvel universe, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and more. “We wanted to touch every corner of the Marvel universe that was possible,” Marvel Entertainment’s interactive manager, Chris Baker, told Hero Complex. “You can’t make an infinitely long game, but you can make a long […]
Aug. 21, 2013 | 1:14 p.m.
A new trailer is out for “Lego Marvel Super Heroes,” offering a first look at the video game’s mega-villain — Galactus. Of course, the cosmic devourer is unveiled in the last few seconds of the two-minute trailer, which was released Wednesday for Gamescom, the massive video game expo currently underway in Cologne, Germany. The trailer begins with the gathering of Marvel’s villains, including Dr. Ock, Magneto and Loki, who seek the pieces of a shattered Silver Surfer surfboard. “With these cosmic bricks, the world will be mine to rule,” Dr. Doom says in the video (watch it below). “I’ve hired every villain, bad guy and dark minion I can find to help assemble Dr. Doom’s Doomray of Doom.” Players will take control of Marvel’s heroes, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and more (the game boasts 100 […]
July 20, 2013 | 7:29 p.m.
“Godzilla” was king during Legendary Pictures’ panel presentation in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. Fans in the 6,500-member audience cheered during the bass-pounding “Godzilla” preview footage, which, in addition to showing off its titular kaiju, revealed a first glimpse of a winged monster that could be Mothra. The panel also featured presentations for “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Seventh Son.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mashup of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere. It’s exactly what attracted “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston to the project. “It was fantastic because he was able to make a monster movie also into a character-driven component where you really felt for these people,” Cranston said of “Monsters.” “And that’s what he transformed this ‘Godzilla’ into.” […]