Rosario Dawson Suits Up as Batgirl for ‘LEGO Batman’
It is the year 2015. On the horizon, a new film spun off from another film based on a collection of toys all based on pre-existing pop-culture properties approaches a distant release. LEGO Batman lumbers closer and closer to its February 10, 2017, and with it, it brings a new world order of aggressive studio branding. Of course, it’s not entirely fair to deem the upcoming spin-off centered around the Will Arnett-voiced d-bag Batman that originated with The LEGO Movie as a corporate cash-in when its predecessor strained the boundaries of imagination itself with its relentlessly creative screenplay. But either way, it’s been taking on cast members with a vengeance in recent months.
An exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter reveals the newest addition to the lineup of vocal talent to be Rosario Dawson, lending her whip-smart speech to the film as Batgirl. She joins pre-existing cast members Zach Galifianakis as the Joker and Michael Cera as Robin (both sort of dementedly inspired choices, with Galifiankis’ volatility and Cera’s effete softness complementing the characters perfectly).
This role comes as the latest in a long line of voice-acting for Dawson, who contributed her vocals to Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast earlier this year, with voice work in Ratchet and Clank as well as Henchmen coming in 2016. Nobody could possibly blame Dawson for favoring vocal jobs; it’s an easy gig for a professional actor. No messing around with hair or makeup, completed in a small number of days, nobody can tell if you’re wearing pants or not. For an actor, it’s pretty much the dream.