After the surprise success of ‘The Lego Movie’, some sort of follow up was inevitable, and while a sequel has been announced for release in 2019, fans won’t have to wait that long to get their fix. In the interim, a number of spinoffs are planned, first among them being ‘The Lego Batman Movie’, giving Will Arnett’s scene-stealing take on the Caped Crusader a feature length outing of his own.

Today, Warner Bros released a fourth trailer for ‘The Lego Batman Movie’, and where previous trailers have tended to focus on the jokes (understandable, given that this is more of a Batman parody than a straight faced adaptation), this one spends just as much time on the emotional arc of the film. That arc seems primed to do something that other Batman films have only broadly touched on, that being the establishment of the Bat-family and what that means to Bruce. The only previous Batman films to even come close to addressing this have been ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman & Robin. And love or hate Joel Schumacher’s efforts, those movie have never been accused of possessing much emotional depth. In addition to Robin and Alfred, this new trailer also gives proper introductions to the Lego incarnations of Barbara Gordon and the Joker.

With references to Batman media ranging all the way from Adam West to Ben Affleck, ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is shaping up to be a well-earned treat for fans of Batman and ‘The Lego Movie’ alike. But you can take a look at the trailer and judge for yourself here:

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. The film is scheduled for release on February 1, 2017.

Is ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ shaping up to be the spinoff we deserve? Or just the one we need right now? Let us know what you think in the comments, and be sure to check back with for more at the film gets closer to release!