As you’ve surely noticed by now from the various trailers, clips and TV spots, The LEGO Batman Movie seems to take any chance it gets to playfully poke fun at the history of the Dark Knight. For a studio that is constantly being criticized for their handling of the DCEU, one would think that Warner Bros. and DC Comics would want their filmmakers to shy away from calling them out in such a manner in their own film, even if it is in jest. However, as it turns out, there were no such restraints put on the filmmakers, not even a little bit.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, when director Chris McKay was asked if there were guidelines for what he could and could not mock, he replied, “If there were, I didn’t get those notes.” McKay continues:
“Maybe people shielded them from me? But no, Warner Bros., DC, they were super on-board to make the movie we wanted to make. I love Batman; I’ve loved Batman my entire life, and so I think they felt for the most part that they were in good hands, and we were going to make a movie that was about a different side of Batman, that saw Batman in a different way, that took a path that other Batman movie can’t necessarily do. When I pitched the studio I told them I wanted to make ‘Jerry Maguire as directed by Michael Mann with a lot of jokes in it.’ And they saw the value in that kind of story.”
McKay was also asked if there was ever any hesitation when taking shots at current DCEU films, like Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad:
“No, because I thought as a fan I thought I’d appreciate that — because I love those characters. You call them flaws or idiosyncrasies or whatever they are, Batman has been a very flexible character. He can be interpreted by Adam West in those movies, he can be interpreted by Ben Affleck in these movies, and the Tim Burton movies. He’s stood the test of time, and there’s something really funny about that, that we know the character so much that there’s people who may not be as much of a Batman fan as I am, they’re still going to get these references.”
The LEGO Batman Movie stars Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn, Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face, Conan O’Brien as The Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Doug Benson as Bane, Jason Mantzoukas as Scarecrow, Riki Lindhome as Poison Ivy, Kate Micucci as Clayface, Channing Tatum as Superman, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, Adam Devine as The Flash and Hector Elizondo as Jim Gordon. It hits theaters this Friday, February 10th.