You can go a couple of hours these days without getting a little Batman news. Whether it’s Robert Pattinson about to start his own franchise around the character, Ben Affleck getting back into the cape and cowl, or even Michael Keaton returning to his Bruce Wayne days, the character is everywhere. And recently we learned about another version of Batman that was supposed to make its way to the big screen. In an interview with Screen Crush, Chris McKay talked about what the LEGO Batman sequel was going to look like as well as the plot for the story.
McKay said they had everything planned for the second story in the LEGO Batman chronicles and it appeared to be right in line with where the actual DC Universe is headed. He said that the story was going to more heavily involve the Justice League, how it formed in that world and the relationship between Batman and Superman. Would it have been a much more hilarious spin on things that we saw in Zack Snyder’s version? Sure, but that’s kind of the point. Here’s what McKay had to say:
It was a story about the Justice League and where Batman was in terms of the Justice League now, and the struggles they were going through, as well as flashing back to how the Justice League came together. (It also featured) Batman and Superman’s relationship, as well as Batman’s relationship to a lot of the other members of the Justice League. And Robin, obviously, there was a really great part for Robin.
In addition to some of the planned plot details being revealed, McKay also mentioned his disappointment that the sequel wasn’t made. The script looks like it was mostly fleshed out and they were obviously building off of something successful with the first one. He even says the script was “really great” which is easy to believe considering how amazing the LEGO movie franchise has been up until this point. But in terms of more Batman movies being made in that universe, those are over for now.
The reason Chris McKay and company weren’t able to continue on with the LEGO Batman franchise is because of the rights around the different entities. Universal purchased the rights to the LEGO films last year, but DC still owns the rights to all of the characters and the previous movies as well. That splintering meant that Batman, for now, couldn’t come along over to the new studio. How Universal handles this next group of LEGO movies remains to be seen, but the bar is pretty high.
LEGO Batman was a critical hit, sitting at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes thanks to the creative animation and whip-smart script that cross-appealed to kids and adults alike. In keeping with tradition along the LEGO movie lines, it poked fun at a number of different ideas within the comic book universe, stripping down the serious tone in favor of a slapsticky approach to the genre. Earning over $300 million at the box office on its $80 million budget, the flick had solid monetary gains as well.
Look, if you need more Batman in your life, there are plenty of ways to get the caped crusader. As mentioned, Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson are bringing The Batman to theaters next year in a much darker approach to the character. Plus Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck are going to reprise the role in the upcoming The Flash movie as well. So Batman is everywhere. But we just aren’t getting a LEGO Batman sequel anytime soon.