Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie was the first of it's type to give the iconic DC character some gravitas. Providing a boost to the superhero genre all those years ago. Now, in an ironic turn of events, one star in that feature is said to return courtesy of a voiceover role in the children's animated comedy flick The LEGO Batman Movie.
79-year old Billy Dee Williams portrayed District Attorney Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the film starring Michael Keaton as the caped crusader and Jack Nicholson playing the Joker. With the character later adopted on the big screen by Tommy Lee Jones in 1995's Batman Forever and Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight. While his stay was short in Gotham City, this will be the first time he actually brings out the evil side of the coin that he never got to express 27 years ago.
Strong Cast In Line For Spinoff
Emerging out of 2014's The Lego Movie, Warner Animation Group and DC thought the acclaim received from Will Arnett's comical Batman would be the perfect setting to create a spinoff. To ensure it's success, the studio recruited some heavy hitters in Hollywood. All to bring the crowds flocking in when it debuts on February 10, 2017.
Williams will be joined in the recording booth by Arnett, Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl), Zach Galifianakis (The Joker), and Ralph Fiennes. Who, you may have noticed, voices Bruce Wayne's loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth. With an IMAX 3D edition coming out as well, all parties involved will be hoping they can come close to the $469.2m they brought in for the first of the series.
No Comeback Likely For Lando With Star Wars Casting Fresh
His DC appearance might have been more of a cameo than anything else, yet Williams' performance as Lando Calrissian in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi put him on the map. When May 25, 2018 comes around though, it will be Donald Glover who starts where he left off with the renegade Star Wars character.
The Han Solo spinoff has created a lot of buzz. And, while original cast members in the series like Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford came back for Force Awakens, Williams is not likely to feature in any capacity. Unless of course Disney and Lucasfilm are holding their cards close to the chest.