Comic-Con debuted the first full-length trailer for the upcoming LEGO Batman movie which… how do I say this, doesn’t exactly look Bat-tastic (it’s February release date isn’t promising either). Will Arnett returns to reprise his role as Batman from The LEGO Movie as Batman takes in an orphan named Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) to be his partner. The Lego Batman Movie opens in theaters February 10th.
The other storyline features Superman having more trouble with the super-villains of Gotham City than he expected. Tricked by the Joker (Jason Spisak), Superman accidentally causes a break-out at Arkham Asylum. Even calling on the help of Cyborg (Khary Payton) and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), the heroes struggle to stop the chaos eventually allowing Robin (Scott Menville) to show them what crime-fighting in Gotham is all about.
Revealing that the U.S. Military is behind the Bat-soldier strike force which is under Kane’s control, Batwoman’s father uses her misplaced trust to have the team attack the heroes’ base. Neither the betrayal nor her father’s offer to join the sanctioned team shakes Batwoman’s purpose. Getting her entire team out of danger, now the real struggle begins as the heroes will be forced to take on the United States Government, stop whatever they have planned, and save Gotham’s greatest son.
After stepping in to help Gotham and Gotham Girlstop Solomon Grundy, Batman agrees to give Gotham City’s two new super-heroes a few pointers. This includes introducing the pair to Commissioner Gordon for the first time. Other than the fight at the beginning of the issue Batman #2 doesn’t offer much in the way of action, but there’s plenty of slow-boiling story here for Bat-fans. It also gives us the first appearance of a classic Batman villain for the first time since the Rebirth reboot. I’ll be curious to see just what Hugo Strange is up to and how he ties into the monsters and suicide attacks around Gotham City. Worth a look.