With barely a month before The LEGO Batman Movie opens in cinemas, Warner Animation Group has released the official descriptions of the animated film's cool characters. Get up close and personal with Batman, Bruce Wayne, Robin, Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, The Joker, Harley Quinn and Alfred Pennyworth in the following dossier.
BATMAN. A night-stalking, crime-fighting vigilante and heavy metal rapping machine. Super Hero. Master Builder. Batman is all this and much more. Equipped with a utility belt packed with Batarangs, grappling guns and other useful inventions, and backed by a Batcave full of cutting-edge vehicles and Batsuits for every occasion, Batman has sworn to forever defend Gotham City against all crooks and villains. Batman always works alone. He also has a really sweet music career going – thanks for asking.
Bat-Fact: Thinks his roommate, Bruce Wayne, is a super-cool guy.
BRUCE WAYNE. As the charming, handsome and wealthy CEO of Wayne Industries, voted Gotham’s Most Eligible Bachelor for, like, forever, Bruce Wayne is the envy of all who meet him. No one suspects that this seemingly carefree billionaire has a super-secret identity. If you guessed he was Superman, you’d be close…but wrong.
Bat-Fact: Has never been seen in the same place as Kite-Man. Hmmmm….could it be?
ROBIN. Batman has always battled alone against the forces of injustice and evil, but now he’s suddenly got a kid sidekick to deal with. Where Batman is silent, serious and brooding, Robin is loud, enthusiastic and constantly bursting with excitement about getting to work with his favorite Super Hero and new dad. Only time will tell if he proves himself to be a boy blunder or a true Boy Wonder! Good intentions. Questionable fashion sense.
Gymnastic Ability: 10/10
Bat-Fact: When not fighting crime, Robin practices groovy dance moves and the gymnastics-based martial art of gym-kata.
DICK GRAYSON. Sometimes a celebrity billionaire who’s trying to show off at a big gala event adopts a young orphan. It probably happens all the time, right? Well, Dick Grayson is that kid, and he can’t believe his good luck in getting a cool new dad like Bruce Wayne, with a huge empty mansion and his own personal butler. He can’t wait to find out all about his brand-new family, and to take his first family photo.
Energy: Off the charts.
Bat-Fact: Might have had some circus training.
BARBARA GORDON. Growing up as the daughter of Gotham City’s top cop has given Barbara Gordon a strong background in law and order. But as much as she respects her father’s experience and wisdom, this proud graduate of Harvard for Police believes the city would be better served by a more modern style of crime-fighting. Now that Jim Gordon is retiring, it’s time for a new Commissioner Gordon to clean up the streets, and she wants to work together with Batman to achieve this.
Respect for Vigilantes: 0/10
Bat-Fact: Wore her SWAT gear to prom.
BATGIRL. Although she’s new at being a Super Hero, Batgirl is every bit Batman’s equal as a crime-fighter. True, they disagree about methods – she believes it takes a village, and he insists on working alone – but her experience as a former police officer and her desire to protect Gotham City make her the perfect partner when things get tough and villains are on the rise. She might even have a few things to teach the Dark Knight about busting bad guys.
Bat-Fact: Has been known to take out the villains before Batman can park the Batmobile.
THE JOKER. The laughing lunatic. The Clown Prince of Crime. Batman’s greatest enemy. That’s how The Joker sees himself. With his white skin, green hair and constant grin, this unhinged leader of Gotham’s colorful criminal underworld has made it his life’s goal to cure the city of its all-so-serious gloom. He might break the law, but he really just wants to make people smile…and to rule the city…and to get Batman to finally admit that he is his greatest enemy. Is that too much for a Super-Villain to ask for?
Comedic Timing: 10/10
Bat-Fact: Number of times The Joker has succeeded in taking over Gotham City…zero.
HARLEY QUINN. Mirthful, mischievous and just a little bit malevolent, Harley Quinn is The Joker’s number one sidekick, henchperson and fan. She’s endlessly loyal to her beloved Puddin’, making her the only one in all of Gotham City that he can fully count on to help with his sinisterly silly schemes. And if Harley can cause enough of a distraction for Batman that The Joker can get away? That’s all the better!
Bad Romance: 10/10
Bat-Fact: Named MVP of her roller derby team.
ALFRED PENNYWORTH. Alfred has been the butler to the Wayne family for generations. Hard-working, long-suffering and utterly loyal, he sees it as his responsibility not just to keep Wayne Manor and the Batcave clean and tidy, but also to look after his employer’s well-being…even when Batman doesn’t necessarily agree. He has been in many ways a father figure to Batman, always encouraging him to be a better man. Cooks an amazing Lobster Thermidor.
Bat-Fact: Worth a lot more than a penny.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (the Hangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (Superbad) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.
The LEGO® Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on The LEGO Movie.
Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, February 9, The LEGO Batman Movie is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.