Batman Himself Will Arnett Teases the Batman-Joker Dynamic in 'The Lego Batman Movie'
With a Lego spin-off focusing on the caped crusader himself coming next year, and with two teasers released earlier in the year, this is one animated film that looks like it's going to be a hell of a lot of fun. That being said, animated films are on a bit of a roll lately, so it's no surprise.
Will Arnett, who voices Batman and Bruce Wayne in the upcoming film, has spoken out about the character's bitter mood in the series, and has teased the Joker's role in the film. “What came out of The LEGO Movie was the idea of, Batman’s the Dark Knight, so why is he so moody? What’s going on? Why is he so banged up?
"And wouldn’t it be fun to get in there and explore that? [Exploring Batman’s moodiness] was always the intention, but as you record a few sessions and you get on these tangents, you end up taking the entire story down a road that wasn’t necessarily the intended road. It can totally drastically change the narrative just through goofing around."
Arnett, while speaking with EW, explained that the character has moments of insecurity and then can switch to moments of extreme confidence that are undeserved. The chat turned to the Joker, who is voiced by Zach Galifianakis for the film.
“Zach and I had a really fun session a little while back. I’ve known Zach forever. The dynamic we landed on for Batman and the Joker that really works for us, I would describe as… refreshing. It’s a little bit surprising. It’s not what people are accustomed to with regards to these two characters.”
The film is out February 10, 2017.