11:42am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Lego Batman Movie' Will Ask Whether Bruce Wayne Can Be Happy
After the grim Dark Knight trilogy, you might think that all of Batman’s emotional issues have been explored entirely, but one important question remains about Bruce Wayne’s alter ego — and it’s a question that’ll be explored by The Lego Batman Movie, of all things.
“No spoilers,” co-writer (with Chris Miller) Phil Lord told MTV when asked about the spinoff from last year’s The Lego Movie, “but I will say I think the movie is really exciting because it’s about, ‘Can Batman be happy?’”
“It’s an amazing premise,” he explained, laughing. “Batman is the ultimate in white people problems. He’s like, ‘Oh, I’m so rich and handsome, women like me and I’ve got a Maclaren! Something about my parents!”
Will Arnett, who’ll return to voice the superhero in the movie, said that it won’t just be a therapeutic experience for the blockhead detective, adding that he’s seen in-development footage from the movie — scheduled for release in 2018 — and that “the first little bit that I’ve seen is mind-boggling.”
The answer to the question of whether or not Batman can be happy, of course, was answered almost 50 years ago. Could an unhappy Batman dance like this? (Just ignore the collapsing at the end — superheroes do that sometimes.)