It almost seems like it was yesterday when The LEGO Batman Movie premiered on the silver screen. Sadly, it’s already been around four years since the animated film was released and gave us a very unique but heartfelt take on the iconic Batman mythos. There haven’t been any announced plans for a sequel since and it seems that director Chris McKay didn’t want to keep it a secret anymore. It seems that there once was a sequel in development that tragically got scrapped even with the talented duo of Community‘s Dan Harmon and Loki‘s Michael Waldron. The latter even took to Twitter to share the script’s first page unveiling the title as Lego Superfriends.
Loved this project and especially our title page pic.twitter.com/5Y2bzQiWGL
— Michael Waldron (@michaelwaldron) June 14, 2021
The script, according to McKay, would explore Batman’s relationship with the Justice League that was only briefly glimpsed in the first film. He described it as a Boogie Nights-esque comedy and goes on to offer some details on what he, Harmon, and Waldron were working on:
Dan (Harmon) and (Michael) Waldron had done a first draft of the script that was really great. It was truly epic… both from an action standpoint and from a story standpoint. The structure was Godfather Part 2… a story about Batman’s relationship to the Justice League (and Superman) now as well as the formative moments of the Justice League (and Batman’s relationship with Superman) then.
The reason we never got a sequel was due to Universal purchasing the rights to the LEGO franchise. As the original LEGO Movie got published through Warner Bros., they had access to their extensive library. Many might recall the various cameos from the LEGO Batman finale. As such, any future LEGO properties can include franchises like The Fast and Furious or Jurassic World, but we can’t expect a Batman sequel. Hopefully, Warner Bros. ends up buying the rights back to continue the franchise.