Warner Bros. just got done moving Superman V. Batman: Dawn Of Justice ahead to March 2016 in order to avoid competition with Marvel’s third Captain America movie, and added to the announcement with confirmation of nine upcoming, unidentified films. Now the studio has staked its claim on two more upcoming movie release dates for animated films reportedly connected with its highly successful Lego license.
While nothing is official at this point, The Hollywood Reporter has suggested — based on word from insider sources — that the recently announced May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019 dates claimed by the studio for upcoming animated films are being set aside for a sequel to the Lego Ninjago movie premiering in 2016 and a third installment of The Lego Movie, respectively. A sequel to The Lego Movie has already been scheduled for May 26, 2017.
It’s no surprise that the studio has big plans for The Lego Movie, given the film’s blockbuster success. Since debuting in February, the animated film featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Neeson has grossed over $468 million worldwide, making it one of 2014’s biggest hits.
The Lego Ninjago movie debuting in 2016 is based on the popular line of Lego toys and building sets that has already spawned several successful video games and an animated television series. The film is being written by the creators of the animated series, who also co-wrote the script for The Lego Movie.