Chris McKay, the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, has tweeted that he’s keen to be part of the DCEU, and Warner Bros would be crazy not to make it happen.
The tweet came in response to a fan, @Mighty_Icon, who said that he’d love to see McKay do a DCEU movie in the future.
McKay said that it’s a long shot, but he does have plans to “go in and see those guys and pitch myself and go from there”.
Thanks! That’s nice @Mighty_Icon but I’m going to go in and see those guys and pitch myself and go from there…but thank you!
— Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) January 30, 2017
Personally, I think it’d be a great move for Geoff Johns and Jon Berg to bring in McKay.
Zack Snyder did strong work on Man of Steel – and even on Batman v Superman, once the deleted scenes were re-inserted into the Ultimate Edition to turn it into a coherent movie – but it’s definitely time for the DC films to branch out and stop taking themselves so seriously.
One thing I like about McKay is that he doesn’t have anywhere near the same sort of reverence for the characters and the source material that Snyder does (or at least, he doesn’t seem to, based on the LEGO Batman trailers, clips and interviews we’ve seen so far).
Your mileage may vary on this, but I don’t need a director to convince me that they’re the most faithful fan ever of Character X in order to enjoy their film – I just want the movie to be good.
McKay recognises the inherent ridiculousness in the Batman concept, and he seems to have embraced it.
“Just the idea of Batman is absurd,” he told Empire. “A guy who learns karate and dresses up at night to beat people up is ridiculous.”
That’s not to say McKay hasn’t peppered his film with references that fans will love – for starters, Billy Dee Williams is voicing Two-Face! – but I think it’s healthy that he doesn’t take the DC Universe too seriously.
Assuming The Lego Batman Movie actually turns out to be, you know, good, McKay would probably be an excellent fit with The Flash.
That’s a movie that really needs to be fun, in order to separate itself from the other DCEU movies and to win over fans of The CW’s Flash TV show.
Of course, that movie just lost its second director, and The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who are also involved with The LEGO Batman Movie) have written a treatment for it.
Otherwise, there’s Green Lantern Corps – who better than the director of a LEGO movie to help Hal Jordan and co. bring their emerald constructs to life? – and the long-in-gestation Shazam movie, which could certainly use a lighter, kid-friendly touch.
The possibilities are, well, awesome.
In the meantime, The LEGO Batman Movie comes out on February 10 (or March 30, for those of us who live in Australia and have to wait an extra seven weeks like total chumps).