Batman, as a character, has been brought on to the screen in so many cool, and sometimes groundbreaking ways over the years. He’s often been at the forefront of some comic book movie movements in the past as well. So it’s no real surprise that we might be getting a new look for Batman that would push a somewhat new boundary in the space. The recent news has it that Laika is going to make a stop-motion Batman movie, providing a potentially totally new, and very cool, look for the character.
The rumors of Laika developing a Batman movie, which came in the form of a Reddit post, imply that the studio has a film planned for sometime in 2024. Getting the character in stop-motion animation offers so many cool avenues for how to take the story and action, while potentially providing a totally new look as well. There’s some chance it does for the character what Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse did for the web-slinger in bringing an iconic character on the screen in a totally new way.
Laika Studios has *only* been around for about 15 years, but in that time have put out some truly awesome movies. They’ve included Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link. Besides just having a unique visual style, unlike a lot of other films we typically see on the screen these days, they’ve also provided fantastic stories. From a critical perspective, nearly all of them have blown it out of the box in terms of reviews. The average Rotten Tomatoes score for their five films is 88% which is about as good as you’ll see from any house not named Pixar. It’s why there’s such a cool thing getting them to create a new Batman story.
And from a monetary perspective, Batman getting into Laika’s hands offers them a chance to really capitalize financially in a way their previous movies haven’t. For all of the aforementioned critical success, they’ve had only moderate success in terms of the money side. The first five films combined to cost the studio around $340 million dollars and brought back *only* around $440 million at the bof office. In the movie world, this is not very good. Adding a cultural phenom like Batman to the character stable should almost assure this next film is the best for their bottom line.
Technically, Warner Bros owns the screen rights to Batman, so they must be entering a deal with Laika if the rumors are true. So before we get those confirmed, or in place, there’s plenty of chances to catch the character in the near future. Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring Robert Pattison is set for a March 2022 release date. And before that, we are getting Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max next month. Finally, there’s even news of a Batman animated series returning to the screen on HBO Max in the near future. There’s just a lot to get excited about when it comes to the caped crusader.