Chris McKay reveals plot of canceled ‘LEGO Batman 2’
From the age of one to the age of three, my daughter was passionate about a passion above all: Batman. She couldn’t get enough of “Mat-Man” (her favorite pronunciation at the time) from the first moment she saw him in a DC superhero-themed book. Books spawned stuffed animals, stuffed animals spawned Fisher Price Little People figures, and Fisher Price Little People figures eventually spawned actual Batman cartoons and movies.
She loved Adam West Batman TV show, and she was also a fan of vintage episodes of Great friends. But the Batman thing she loved the most was The LEGO Batman movie. In fact, love might not be a strong enough word to describe how she felt about it. The first time she looked at it, she sat in frozen astonishment for 100 minutes. (If you doubt me, I have the video to prove it.) As soon as it was over, she demanded that we start over immediately from the beginning.
It has been like this for years. Although I’ve always been more of a Spider-Man fan myself, see Lego batman through my daughter’s eyes (and seeing it and seeing it and seeing it, over and over again) gave me a deeper appreciation for the character, and this movie in particular. So when McKay mentionned in 2018 that work had started on a sequel, i was really excited. Maybe not as excited as my daughter, but still pretty excited.
Then it never happened. Lego batman 2 became the first and biggest victim of the LEGO movie franchise move 2020 by Warner Bros. (which owns the film rights to Batman) to Universal (which, according to the transitive ownership of Equality, therefore must not own the film rights to Batman). According to IMDb, Lego batman 2 is slated for release in 2022. Needless to say, it won’t.
This very long introduction is my oddly personal way of explaining that when I had the chance to interview Lego batman movie director Chris McKay on his new project, the sci-fi movie The war of tomorrow, I would have failed in my duty as a journalist – not to say a father – if I had not at least asked questions about the Lego batman continuation and what had been planned before the cancellation of the project. Did they go so far as to write a script?
“Yeah, there was a script that Dan Harmon and part of Dan Harmon’s team were working on. And, in fact, they had finished the draft,” McKay told me. He also compared the structure of the story. ‘sequel plot to – hang on to your bat hoods – The Godfather Part II. The story is said to have taken place before and after the events of the premiere LEGO Batman. I guess if you’re going to do a sequel, you might as well take the biggest sequel of all time for inspiration.
According to McKay, here is the specific story they developed:
It was a story about the Justice League and where Batman was in terms of Justice League now, and the struggles they were going through, as well as how the Justice League came together. [It also featured] Batman and Superman’s relationship, as well as Batman’s relationship with many other members of the Justice League. And Robin, of course, there was a really good role for Robin.
“I wish there was a way for us to go and make this movie,” McKay added, “because that would have been a lot of fun.” He also said that the final version of the script was “really great”.
If you’re like me and my girl and the thought that we missed The Godfather II from the LEGO movies plunges you into a spiral of despair, you must know that; McKay didn’t close the door on returning to the animation world – or even making another LEGO movie someday. With the rights to LEGO now at Universal, McKay said, “There will be no Lego batman 2. But maybe there will be a LEGO Fast and Furious or Lego jaws or Lego something that I could possibly work on.
(I don’t know about you, but LEGO Fast and Furious seems amazing to me.)
We will have a lot more of our interview with McKay closer to the release of The war of tomorrow by Amazon on their Prime Video streaming service on July 2. Now i will watch The LEGO Batman Movie with my daughter for the sake of the good old days.
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