With The LEGO® Batman Movie now in cinemas, DK Books have published a brand new title which goes behind the scenes and takes an in-depth look into how the movie was made from concept to what you see on the big screen and can build in many of the LEGO playsets now available. Having already taken a look at the DK Books other books based on The LEGO Batman Movie, DK have very kindly sent us a copy of the book to take a look at, so this is what we think of the DK Books latest The LEGO Batman Movie title – The Making of the Movie.
Open this fascinating LEGO® Batman™ book and discover how The LEGO® Batman Movie was made. Beautifully illustrated, The Making of The LEGO® Batman is packed with information on how your favourite LEGO Batman heroes, villains, vehicles and locations were created for the movie.
Explore each development stage of the movie from the initial idea and storyboarding to recording the dialogue and special effects. Featuring lavish spreads of concept art, sketches, inspiration and LEGO builds, this is a must-have for fans of LEGO Batman and The LEGO Movie. Including an exclusive insight from the filmmakers, animators, LEGO designers and actors, The Making of LEGO® Batman Movie is the only book that takes you behind the scenes of the entire LEGO Batman world in such detail.
RRP: £16.99 | ISBN: 9780241279588 | Pages: 200 |
If you’ve read any of my previous DK Book reviews, you’ll know I’m a fan of the titles which have a few pages at the back that take a look behind the scenes. So imagine my delight when I discovered DK would be releasing a complete book filled with behind the scenes details. Ever since The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie book was first revealed I’ve been really looking forward to taking and look at it, even more so once seeing The LEGO Batman Movie and few weeks ago.
After a few words from the movies crew namely Chris McKay, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Chris Miller along Jill Wilfert from The LEGO Group and a timeline of how the movie moved from concept to screen, the book then delves deeper into the movies creation, with content split into three main sections – Locations, Characters and Vehicles. Each section includes detailed information on the process every single aspect of The LEGO Batman Movie went through in order to settle upon what we see in the final movie.
As we saw in The LEGO Movie, Animal Logic went to great lengths to ensure the world we saw on screen felt as if the LEGO was coming to life, whilst still endearing to the rules of the LEGO system of play. If something can’t be done with LEGO elements then it doesn’t appear on screen. That level of detail means every aspect of the movie follows the same sort of design process as a physical LEGO playset, meaning the book is extremely interesting for LEGO fans, even if the movie hasn’t peaked your interest. It gives unparalleled access to the LEGO design process such as concept artwork and production LEGO models, both of which gives a unique look at some of the characters alternate looks.
The book also gives a closer look at many of The LEGO Batman Movie’s crazy vehicles. These includes the vehicles which have become physical LEGO sets and some which are yet to be released including the Ultimate Batmobile and it’s four split forms along with Bane’s Toxic Truck. You even get the first real look at some of the vehicles which make fleeting appearances in the distant background of shots and even some which were completely removed from the movie. All have alternate versions, for example Catwoman’s Catcycle was at one point a giant cat on a mini bicycle.
I cannot recommend this book enough, there have been plenty of LEGO titles from DK Books which have scratched the surface of the behind the scenes workings of minifigure creation or The LEGO Group’s history, but The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie goes way beyond that. Every single page is bursting with extremely well presented imagery and information. We’ve included a few page spreads here but the book is filled with much, much more great stuff to see and read about. Hit the link below to order a copy today, you won’t be disappointed.