In the last ten years we’ve had a grand total of three big screen Batmans – Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and, making his debut in 2014’s The LEGO Movie, comedy actor Will Arnett. As one of that film’s most popular characters, it was perhaps inevitable that Warner Bros would spin him off in his own solo movie. Here are just some reasons why Arnett’s Bat rival Ben Affleck should be watching his back...
Affleck can’t sing
Batman v Superman may have been overstuffed with characters, plots and special effects, but the one thing it was missing was a Bat-song. Batman’s ditty, titled ‘Untitled Self-Portrait’ was one of the highlights of The LEGO Movie. Sample lyric: "Darkness, No parents, Continued darkness, More darkness, get it?, The opposite of light, Black hole, Curtains drawn…" etc. Genius.
Christian Bale adopted a faintly ridiculous growl, while Ben Affleck’s gravelly Bat vocals were achieved via a voice modifier. Will Arnett, on the other hand, doesn’t need to do any vocal gymnastics – he has the voice anyway. Result!
This Batman has a Robin
We’ve not a seen a Batman with a Robin by his side since 1997’s campy misfire Batman and Robin. Robin was a notable absence from the Christian Bale movies and had already been murdered (seemingly by the Joker) by the time of Batman v Superman. Missing from The LEGO Movie, he finally turns up, voiced by Will Arnett’s Arrested Development pal, Michael Cera, in The LEGO Batman Movie.
And he has a Batgirl by his side
We’ve only ever seen one movie Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone in Batman and Robin), so surely the time is right to see Barbara Gordon’s butt-kicking alter-ego return to the big screen (this time voiced by Rosario Dawson). In the 1997 film though, she was renamed Barbara Wilson and established as the niece of Batman's butler Alfred. The LEGO Batman Movie is returning her to her comic book roots by making Barbara the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, Batman’s trusted police ally.
This Batman is FUNNY
There ain’t a lot of laughs in the Christian Bale Batman movies and there wasn’t much levity in Batman v Superman either (unless we’re talking about the unintended guffaws from that "Martha?" scene), but thankfully LEGO’s Batman has brought the funny back.
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