As the schedule for the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival continues to be put together, a first look of what is quite possibly one of the most anticipated movies of the year was announced yesterday for the festival’s Fantastic Flix strand for 4-16 year olds. Fans of Lego, Batman and combinations thereof are sure to take an interest in a sneak preview of The LEGO® Batman Movie.The launch screening is set to take place on Saturday 4th Feb 2017 at 11.00 at Movies@Dundrum, with the added excitement of a family-friendly pre-screening festival party at the cinema. Fantastic Flix brings the best cinema for children and young people from around the world to film fans in Dublin from 4th -25th February.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (Muppets Most Wanted, the Hangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’sArrested Development) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.
Embracing the possibility that a billionaire who takes it upon himself to rid a city of crime and who self-brands literally everything he owns might be a little self-centered helped to make LEGO’s take on Batman one of the funniest since Adam West. A spinoff entirely about him has a lot of potential amd with the voice talent involved there’s plenty of reasons to be excited.
Arriving in Irish cinemas on 10th February from Warner Bros. Pictures, The LEGO Batman Movie joins a number of eye-catching additions to the Fantastic Flix line-up, including a special selection of films from visiting children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, along with the Golden Globe-nominated animated film My Life as a Courgette, and Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle (co-produced with Studio Ghibli).
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival’s Fantastic Flix conjures up the world of cinematic wonder for the next generation in its packed festival of children’s films from around the world. Activities include workshops, short film selections, the Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury and other special events. Fantastic Flix runs from 4th – 25th Feb 2017 in cinemas across Dublin, including official venue partners Movies@Swords, Movies@Dundrum, Omniplex Cinema Rathmines and The Ark.
Tickets for Fantastic Flix (4th-25th February 2017) are now on sale at www.diff.ie or by phoning 01 687 7974 for general tickets, groups, and school bookings.