The Lego movies and TV series have long done a tasty line in fan service, and this trend looks set to continue with The Lego Batman movie. In addition to the mouth-watering voice cast that is already in place, director Chris McKay has confirmed that Billy Dee Williams will voice Harvey Dent, more commonly known by his villainous moniker Two Face.
Fans of the Batman films will be particularly excited about this, remembering of course that Williams played the Dent version of the character in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie. Early plans for 1992 sequel Batman Returns had planned for him to make his transformation into the character by the end of the film, although obviously this didn’t happen. By the time Batman Forever came about in 1995, incoming director Joel Shchumacher opted to replace Williams with Tommy Lee Jones.
Williams joins a cast that already includes Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Cera as Dick Grayson/Robin, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn and Mariah Carey as Mayor McCaskill, with Chris McKay directing from a script penned by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Phil Lord and The Lego Movie directors Christopher Miller serving as producers.
You can read the official synopsis below:
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.
“The LEGO® Batman Movie” will be directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on “The LEGO Movie.” It is written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, with additional screenplay material by Jared Stern & John Whittington, based on LEGO Construction Toys. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures / Lord Miller / Vertigo Entertainment production, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will open in theaters on February 10, 2017. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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