Lego Batman

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For the video game, see Lego Batman: The Videogame.
Lego Batman
Subject Lego Batman
Licensed from DC Comics
Availability 2006–2008
Total sets 20
Characters Batman
Robin
Catwoman
Two-Face
The Joker
The Riddler
Mr. Freeze
Bruce Wayne
Alfred the Butler
The Penguin
Bane
Killer Croc
Official website

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[edit]

Name Number Minifigures Released
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.[1]

In 2006, there were packs of the same minifigures used in the sets.

List of Lego DC Universe Super Heroes sets from 2012-Present[edit]

Name Number Minifigures Released
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
Batman 4526 N/A 2012
The Joker 4527 N/A 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.

Video games[edit]

A video game based on the theme was announced in 2007, and released on 23 September 2008. Produced by TT Games, the game followed similar titles based upon Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones.

A sequel to the first Lego Batman included other DC Comics characters like Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.

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.

Animated mini-movie[edit]

An official animated mini-movie was produced with Cartoon Network to promote the product line. It was made in 2008.[2]

DC Nation[edit]

During the premiere of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, animation from Lego Batman was part of the preview for the DC Nation block of programming coming in 2012 to Cartoon Network.

LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite[edit]

Other media[edit]

The Lego Batman character appears in The Lego Movie voiced by Will Arnett.[3]

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] A few days later, Warner Bros. scheduled The Lego Batman Movie for 2017, and The Lego Movie 2 for 2018.[5][6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Batman | Brickset: LEGO set guide and database". Brickset. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  2. ^ http://dcnation.kidswb.com/lego-batman
  3. ^ 9:20 a.m. (2014-02-08). "‘Lego Movie’: Will Arnett’s bad boy Batman influence? Christian Bale | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times". Herocomplex.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  4. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (October 10, 2014). "'Lego Batman' Spinoff Movie in the Works at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 15, 2014). "WB Announces 10 DC Comics Movies, 3 ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoffs and ‘Lego’ Sequels". Variety. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Warner Bros. DC Comics Movie Slate Fully Revealed!". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 

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