The Lego Movie

Oct. 15, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

Warner Bros. announces ‘Lego Batman,’ ‘Ninjago,’ ‘Lego Movie 2′

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 […]
Feb. 08, 2014 | 9:20 a.m.

‘Lego Movie': Will Arnett’s bad boy Batman influence? Christian Bale

“The Lego Movie” features Will Arnett tacking Batman’s brooding cool guy image to its logical extreme — idiocy. Directed by “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street” filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, “The Lego Movie” follows everybrick Emmet (Chris Pratt) as he tries to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell) from gluing the universe together. Batman, the narcissistic goth boyfriend of Lego resistance fighter Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), speaks in a growl, only builds with black bricks and dismisses Emmet’s every building idea. In an interview with Hero Complex, Arnett shared how he and the filmmakers found their post-Christian Bale Batman sound, how much input DC Comics had into the character and what his personal Lego-building style is. Hero Complex: At some point in the last 10 years or so our culture started taking superheroes very seriously, and none more […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.

‘Lego Movie’ gets Mondo poster treatment

Tom Whalen's Mondo poster for "The Lego Movie." (Alamo Drafthouse / Mondo)
“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 […]
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