When 'The LEGO Movie' instantly became one of the biggest critical and financial successes of 2014, the sequel announcement was inevitable. However, in a surprising turn of events, 'The LEGO Movie 2' has been delayed in favor of a spin-off staring the film's hilariously twisted take on Batman. Yes, LEGO Batman is getting his own movie.

The news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter, who confirm that Will Arnett is set to return as the gravelly-voiced superhero. Chris McKay, the animation supervisor on 'The LEGO Movie' who was originally set to direct 'LEGO Movie 2', will direct the film. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, best known for his novels 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' will pen the screenplay. No release date has been confirmed yet, but it's looking very likely that 'LEGO Batman' (or whatever they'll end up calling it) will simply slide into the postponed sequel's 2017 release date.

The first film's take on the Caped Crusader is a highlight in a film with many highlights. Re-imagning the popular superhero as a narcissistic know-it-all with his own hilarious theme song ("Darkness! No parents! Continued darkness!"), the film managed to parody the character while keeping him as cool as ever. The fact that Arnett will once again lend his inspired Christian Bale impression to the new film is all we need to know. We're in.

In the meantime, LEGO fans can look forward to the next official film from the company, 'Ninjago,' which will open on September 23, 2016.

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