Warning: mild SPOILERS ahead
The LEGO Batman Movie is one of the most delightful surprises of the year so far, releasing to overwhelmingly positive reviews and achieving the #1 spot at the box office in its debut weekend. There are many reasons that explain why the movie works as well as it does, but one of them has to be its sheer volume of outrageous character appearances. No Batman villain is too obscure to make a cameo in this movie, but the biggest surprise is just how many non-Batman villains pop up, with the likes of Voldemort, Sauron, King Kong, and a host of others descending on Gotham City to wreak havoc.
“I would have had Kathy Bates from Misery, and [Sherlock Holmes nemesis] Moriarty, and at one point I pitched Daniel Day-Lewis’s character from Gangs of New York and David Carradine from Kill Bill. At a certain point, though, you have to weigh what characters the kids going to get. In LEGO, it’s sometimes hard to get a really quick interpretation of something. I was already worried that we weren’t doing enough with some characters. Also, at one point, we did put HAL from [2001: A Space Odyssey] into the movie, but it was a tough read. Maybe in future movies, we’ll try to bring more characters in.”
While villains such as Bill the Butcher and Moriarty would have played well with the film’s adult audience, McKay raises a good point about not throwing too many things into the movie that would go over kids’ heads. At the end of the day, The LEGO Batman Movie is supposed to be a family-friendly movie and even though they’d be in cute LEGO form, it would still feel a bit weird to see characters from R-rated films pop up. Still, The LEGO Batman Movie proved that characters from other franchises can make pretty seamless cameos if done right, so it will be exciting to see what kind of crazy characters future LEGO movie shine a spotlight on.
Source: Entertainment Weekly