Everything is Arrested! Michael Cera, who rose to fame as George Michael Bluth on the cult sitcom ‘Arrested Development’ will be reuniting with his co-star Will Arnett in ‘LEGO Batman.’ Cera will provide the voice of Robin opposite Arnett’s Batman, in a spinoff of last year’s surprise smash ‘The LEGO Movie.’ Arnett provided the raspy voice of Batman in the first movie in a role that essentially lampooned the overconfidence and darkness typically associated with the Dark Knight.
Cera has delved into the comic book movie pool in the past, starring as the title character in the underrated 2010 adaptation of ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.’ Since breaking out with ‘Arrested Development,’ he has starred in a series of hit comedies including ‘Superbad’ (opposite Mary-Jane Watson herself, Emma Stone), Juno (opposite Kitty Pryde herself, Ellen Page) and ‘Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist (opposite Darcy Lewis from ‘Thor’ herself, Kat Dennings).
According to reports, the version of Robin appearing in ‘LEGO Batman’ is Dick Grayson. As fans of the popular building toys may know, several versions of Robin have become minifigures including the newest, Damian Wayne and Tim Drake. In addition, Dick Grayson has also been brick-ified as Nightwing, his grownup heroic identity.
Considering that ‘The LEGO Movie’ made a point of skewing pop culture including Batman and his fellow heroes, and the fact that Robin is often a comedic target by haters, expect LEGO Robin’s biggest opponent to not be Killer Croc, but razor sharp barbs. And considering that Cera excels at playing awkward sad sacks, he should fit the role nicely.
The directors of ‘The LEGO Movie,’ Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are producing ‘LEGO Batman,’ while Christopher McKay, the original film’s animation supervisor will direct.
Regarding this movie, Lord said, “I think the movie is really exciting because it’s about ‘Can Batman be happy?’” Mimicking the character, Lord expressed, “‘Wah, I’m so rich and handsome, and women like me, and I’ve got a Maclaren… Something about my parents!’”
‘LEGO Batman’ is slated to hit theaters on February 10, 2017, followed by ‘Ninjago’ on September 22, 2017 and ‘The LEGO Movie’ sequel on May 18, 2018.
Are you excited to see ‘LEGO Batman’ in a solo movie? What do you think of Cera as Robin?