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Lego Deconstructs Batman

5 Apr, 2013 By: John Latchem

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Most video games based on movies are created as promotional tie-ins to the film. TT Animation created Lego Batman: The Movie — DC Superheroes Unite as an excuse to make a game.

TT Animation produced the movie concurrently with the Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes game, which came out last year.

“The video games are always based on the movies, but we struggled with the first ‘Lego Batman’ video game because the Batman movies always got too dark,” said producer-director Jon Burton, speaking at a screening of the movie March 31 at WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. “So for the second one we planned to make a ‘Lego Batman’ movie, and then we could base our video game on that. But to make a movie of the quality we wanted to make took longer than the video game, so the video game came out first, and the movie’s coming out now.”

Warner Home Video releases Lego Batman: The Movie — DC Superheroes Unite May 21 on Blu-ray ($24.98) and DVD ($19.98). In it, Lex Luthor (voiced by Clancy Brown) teams with The Joker (Christopher Smith) to eliminate Superman (Travis Willingham) and Batman (Troy Baker), paving the way for his election as president of the United States. The movie also stars Charlie Schlatter as Robin and Laura Bailey as the voices of Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.

The DVD and Blu-ray come with a Clark Kent/Superman Lego minifigure.

Burton said that the experience of parodying “Star Wars” in Lego form helped convince DC to allow a “Lego Batman” movie to be made. The whole process took two years, he said.

“We’d love to do a sequel,” Burton said. “It’s clearly set up for one.”

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