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Lego Batman is a theme and product range of the Lego construction toy, introduced in 2006, based on the superhero character Batman, under license from DC Comics. The sets feature vehicles, characters and scenes from the comics and films. The inspirations for the design of these varies widely. For example, the Batmobile retains its basic sleek shape and prominent fins from the Tim Burton films, whereas the "Bat-Tank" seems to be based on the tank-like Batmobile in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. In 2008, a video game based on the theme, Lego Batman: The Videogame, was released, along with four new sets. The theme was relaunched in early 2012 as part of the Lego DC Universe Superheroes line, which is a sub-theme of the Lego Super Heroes line. In total there were seventeen sets, and almost all of them have Batman in.
List of Lego Batman sets from 2006-2008
|The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit||7779||Batman (Grey suit), Catwoman||2006|
|The Batboat: Hunt for Killer Croc||7780||Batman (Grey suit), Killer Croc||2006|
|The Batmobile: Two-Face's Escape||7781||Batman (Black suit), Two-Face, Two- Face Henchman||2006|
|The Batwing: The Joker's Aerial Assault||7782||Batman (Grey suit), The Joker, Joker Henchman||2006|
|The Batcave: The Penguin and Mr. Freeze's Invasion||7783||Batman (Black suit), Bruce Wayne, Robin, Alfred, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Mr. Freeze Henchman, 3 Penguin minions||2006|
|The Batmobile: Ultimate Collector's Edition||7784||None||2006|
|Arkham Asylum||7785||Batman (Black suit), Nightwing, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Arkham Guards (two)||2006|
|The Batcopter: The Chase for Scarecrow||7786||Batman (Blue suit), Scarecrow||2007|
|The Bat-Tank: The Riddler and Bane's Hideout||7787||Batman (Blue suit), The Riddler, Bane||2007|
|Batman's Buggy: The Escape of Mr. Freeze||7884||Batman (Dark Knight suit), Mr. Freeze||2008|
|Robin's Scuba Jet: Attack of The Penguin||7885||Robin (new hairpiece), The Penguin, 2 Penguin Minions||2008|
|The Batcycle: Harley Quinn's Hammer Truck||7886||Batman (Dark Knight suit), Harley Quinn||2008|
|The Tumbler: Joker's Ice-Cream Surprise||7888||Batman (Dark Knight suit), The Joker, Joker Henchman||2008|
Batman is given a wide range of vehicles, their appearances resembling their accepted forms. Several vehicles, including the "Batman Dragster", "Batman's Buggy", and "Bat-Tank", have also been introduced. The Batmobile appears similar to the way it does in the 1989 film, while the Batboat takes on a hovercraft-like form. All the set-boxes feature a comic strip by artist Greg Hyland at the back, featuring stylized versions of the set in action.
Lego obtained the license to produce sets based on all available mediums in which Batman appears. Lego released a line of Batman sets in June 2008 to tie in (albeit indirectly) with the release of The Dark Knight. However, these sets do not directly reflect sequences or scenarios in the film, unlike most of Lego's other movie tie-in lines with all Batman sets. Sets include villains from TV shows and movies.
In 2006, there were packs of the same minifigures used in the sets.
List of Lego DC Universe Super Heroes sets from 2012-Present
|The Batcave (2012 version)||6860||Batman (2012 Blue suit), Robin (2012 version), Bane (2012 version), Poison Ivy (2012 version), Bruce Wayne (2012 version)||2012|
|Catwoman Catcycle City Chase||6858||Batman (2012 Blue suit), Catwoman (2012 version)||2012|
|Batwing Battle over Gotham City||6863||Batman (2012 Black Suit), The Joker (2012 version), Joker Goon (2012 version)||2012|
|Batmobile and the Two Face Chase||6864||Batman (2012 Black Suit), Two-Face (2012 version), 2 Two-Face Goons (2012 version), Guard||2012|
|The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape||6857||Batman (2012 Blue Suit), Robin (2012 version), The Joker (2012 version), The Riddler (2012 version), Harley Quinn (2012 version)||2012|
|Arkham Asylum Breakout||10937||Black Batman with wings, Joker (2013 Patient suit), Dr.Harleen Quinzel, Scarecrow (2013 version), Penguin (2013 version), Poison Ivy (2012 version),Robin (2013 version), Guard||2013|
|The Bat vs. Bane - Chase With Tumbler||76001||Batman (2013 The Dark Knight Rises suit), Bane (2013 The Dark Knight Rises version), Commissioner Gordon||2013|
|Batman vs. Mr. Freeze - Aquaman On Ice||76000||Batman (2013 white suit), Mr. Freeze (2013 version), Aquaman||2013|
The first sets were updated versions of the older sets. The new sets are not known as Lego Batman, but Lego DC Universe Super Heroes instead, because the new series features not just Batman characters, but also Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman characters. The Lego Super Heroes theme is due to expand in April 2012 with the Lego Marvel Super Heroes sub-theme.
The Lego Batman character appeared as a playable character in the video game based on The Lego Movie in which he also appeared in.
In late 2014 a direct sequel to Lego Batman 2 is due to be released. This installment will see Batman travel outside of Gotham into space with the Justice League.
LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite
On October 10, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that, due to the popularity of Batman from The Lego Movie, the character will get his own spin-off film. According to the report, Warner Bros. was targeting a 2017 release date for the spin-off, pushing the sequel to The Lego Movie back to a later date. Arnett is set to reprise his role of Batman, while Chris McKay, who was earlier attached to the sequel, will direct the film, which is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith, and produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Lord and Miller. A few days later, Warner Bros. scheduled The Lego Batman Movie for 2017, and The Lego Movie 2 for 2018.
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