Saturday, August 15, 2015

Zach Galifianakis Will Voice The Joker In 'Lego Batman'

After the success of last year's The Lego movie (earning $468 million worldwide), of course Warner Bros. would want to develop a sequel as soon as possible. But before The Lego Movie 2 comes out to theaters in 2018, the studio is planning to expand their own cinematic universe involving the Lego characters seen in the film. While we wait for the sequel and the Lego Ninjago set for a 2017 release, audiences will be introduced with the first Lego spinoff, 'Lego Batman'. And what's a Batman movie without his archenemy - the Joker?

                The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Zach Galifianakis is in final negotiations to voice the Joker in Lego Batman, written by author-screenwriter SethGrahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and directed by Chris McKay. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, will be producing the spinoff while they continue work on the sequel.

                Galifianakis just came from the filming location of Fox's comedy movie 'Keeping Up With The Joneses' starring Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot. He is also set to appear next year in FX's TV show 'Baskets'. The actor also starred in Relativity's ensemble comedy 'Masterminds' that was supposed to be released this fall, but it was recently postponed after the production company filed for bankruptcy. Despite starring in live-action films, the actor is no stranger to animation voice work, having voiced characters in DreamWorks Animation's 'Puss in Boots', 'The Simpsons', and 'Bob's Burgers'. Galifianakis also appeared in a supporting role in the Oscar-winning film, 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'.

                He will be joined by comedian WIll Arnett for the Lego Movie spinoff, who is reprising his role as Batman. Michael Cera is also joining the cast to voice Batman's sidekick, Robin. Although the Joker seems to be the main villain of the film, Warner Bros. is expected to reveal the rest of the cast and villains of the movie the closer we get to its release date.
                The Lego Batman video games has had different voice actors to play the Joker, with each giving their own portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime. It's interesting to see what Galifianakis will bring to the table, and considering its a comedy, expect to see a more comedic take on the Joker compared to the ones we see in the live-action films.

                Speaking of live-action, another Joker is set to appear in the big-screen. Jared Leto is taking on the role of Joker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, which we will see before Lego Batman opens to theaters. Production for the film continues in the Toronto filming location.

                Lego Batman debuts to theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by Lego Ninjago in September 22nd and The Lego Movie 2 on May 18th, 2017.


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