LEGO Super Heroes is a theme and product range of the Lego construction toy, introduced in 2011. The line features both DC Comics and Marvel Comics characters. The DC Comics part of the line was launched first, being released in late 2011. The Marvel Comics part of the line was launched on April 10, 2012, to be featured alongside the 2012 film The Avengers.
The first wave of LEGO Super Heroes sets released included 9 sets from the DC Universe line. The largest of the sets was "Arkham Asylum Breakout" which included 1619 pieces and eight minifigures. In addition to the first release, 2 polybag sets have been released under the DC Universe line, "Batman jetski" and "Batmobile" as promotions. Lego have also announced 9 sets are to be released later in 2012 under the Marvel Universe line.
Prior to the first wave of sets, Lego had given away 5 different minifigure promotional sets at comic conventions in the United States. At the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, a Green Lantern minifigure and a Batman minifigure were given away to raffle winners and at the 2011 New York Comic Con, the minifigures of Green Lantern, Batman and Superman were given away at the DC Comics booth. In July 2012, 4 more exclusive figures were given at New York Comic Con to raffle winners - Shazam!, Phoenix, Bizarro and Symbiote Spider-Man. In July 2013, four more figures - Green Arrow, Black Man of Steel suit Superman, Spider-Woman and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suit Spider-Man were released at NYCC.
Lego have also released an accompanying magnet set under the Super Heroes theme. It is a three piece magnet set consisting of the Batman, Robin and The Joker minifigures each attached to a magnetized brick.
Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003)
Bionicle: Mask of Light, stylized as BIONICLE: Mask of Light — The Movie, is a 2003 direct-to-video science fantasy action film based on the Bionicle toy series created by Lego. Set in a universe filled with bio-mechanical beings allied with classical element-themed tribes, the story follows two friends from the fire-based village of Ta-Koro on a quest to find the owner of the Mask of Light, a mystical artifact that can potentially defeat Makuta, an evil entity threatening the island. The story is based on the latter half of the toyline's 2002–2003 narrative.
The project was first proposed in 2001, during the original run of the Bionicle toyline. Lego contacted multiple writers for the project, including original Bionicle contributors Bob Thompson and Alastair Swinnerton, and Hollywood writers Henry Gilroy and Greg Weisman. Production began in 2002, taking approximately a year to complete. A major part of the graphical design was adjusting the characters so they could work in human-like ways while still resembling the original toys. The music was composed by Nathan Furst, who used orchestral and tribal elements to create the score. Voice casting was handled by Kris Zimmerman, and the voicework was done with the setting and mythos of Bionicle in mind.
Multiple studios were involved in the development and distribution of Mask of Light: it was co-produced by Lego and Create TV & Film, developed by Creative Capers Entertainment and CGCG, and post-production was handled 310 Studios and Hacienda Post. It was released in September 2003 on home video and DVD, distributed by Miramax Films and Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Upon release, the film reached high positions in VHS and DVD charts, and received generally positive reviews from journalists. Following Mask of Light, further films based on Bionicle have been released.
Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (2004)
Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui is the second film in the Bionicle series and is a prequel to Bionicle: Mask of Light. This movie follows the 2004 storyline and was created using Lego elements from the Bionicle series, and was released as a direct-to-DVD. It is also the last film in the franchise to be given a rating by the MPAA.
In this movie, Vakama recalls events that took place long before the classic Bionicle stories at Mata Nui, during which he, along with his friends Nuju, Matau, Onewa, Whenua, and Nokama were chosen to be the new Toa of the island of Metru Nui. To save the city, they must prove themselves worthy Toa, find their mask powers, and protect the "Heart of Metru Nui". However, they also find themselves caught up in the schemes of the evil Makuta.
The film has many scenes taking stock footage from itself. The film was received with mixed reviews, with some noting the filling in of plot holes from the last movie. The series continued to be noted for its visual effects and musical score. It was followed by a sequel, Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows.
Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005)
Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows is the Annie Award-nominated third Bionicle movie installment. It is also the second movie in the Bionicle timeline, as of 2005. The visuals are completely computer-generated. The events of the movie take place before the end of the film Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui.
The film tells the tale of the heroic Toa Metru returning to their island city home of Metru Nui to rescue its populace the Matoran, all of which remain in a deep coma. But upon arrival, the heroes discover their once beautiful island home has been destroyed and overrun by webs created by spider-like beasts called Visorak, who capture the Toa and poison them, mutating their form into a half-Toa, half-beast state; Toa Hordika. With the aid of the Rahaga, they begin a quest to find the legendary Keetongu in order to find a way to change back into their original Toa forms to rescue the Matoran, who were being held by the monstrous Visorak hordes and their king Sidorak and viceroy Roodaka.
Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (2009)
BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn is an animated film based on the Lego Bionicle toys. It was released on September 15, 2009 in the United States and Canada, October 5, 2009 in the United Kingdom and September 2, 2009 in Australia. It is the last Bionicle movie to be released. The end of the story was posted on BIONICLE.com in web format, titled the “Mata Nui Saga.” This was the last Bionicle movie released on DVD. It also features a trailer for Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers. Unlike the first three Bionicle films, this film was released by Universal rather than Miramax.
The film stars Michael Dorn as the voice of Mata Nui in what was supposed to be a trilogy of films, but production schedules for the sequels were cancelled due to Lego discontinuing the release of Bionicle toys.
Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers (2010)
Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers (also known as The Adventures of Clutch Powers) is a 2010 British/American CGI animated comedy-adventure film. The film is based on the concept of the Lego toy series. This movie was the first feature length Lego movie.
The film stars Ryan McPartlin, Yvonne Strahovski, Roger Rose, Jeff Bennett, Paul Michael Glaser, Gregg Berger, Christopher Emerson and Alex Désert.
Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies (2010)
To accompany the Hero Factory sets and storyline, a TV series of the same name, produced by Threshold Animation Studios, was commissioned by Lego in 2010. Starting off as a four-part mini-series on September 20, 2010 on Cartoon Network, further episodes followed portraying subsequent storylines from the toy line. Threshold have produced ten Hero Factory episodes, while an eleventh and final episode was produced instead by Lego partners Advance and Ghost, and premiered in January 2014.
The first four episodes of the series were released as a direct-to-DVD film entitled Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies on November 22, 2010, it was released in Region 2 on October 21, 2011. The second assortment of episodes, including "Ordeal of Fire and "Savage Planet" (Parts One and Two), were also released as a direct-to-DVD film on October 4, 2011 entitled Hero Factory: Savage Planet and received a Region 2 release on November 5, 2012. Latter episodes are as of yet to receive a DVD release.
Hero Factory: Savage Planet (2011)
The Hero Factory's mission: to build the bravest, most advanced Heroes in the galaxy! When rookie Rocka responds to a civilian distress call from the planet Quatros.
Lego Batman: The Movie
DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite is a direct-to-video animated superhero action comedy film based on the video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Though the film has cutscenes from the video game, the gameplay is replaced by new scenes with the same actors. The plot revolves around Lex Luthor and the Joker teaming up to destroy Gotham City with Batman and Robin teaming up with the Justice League in order to save Gotham. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on 21 May 2013.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes:
Maximum Overload (2013)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (also known as Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload) is a computer-animated Lego film based on Marvel Comics characters that were also featured in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. It premiered online in five parts on November 5, 2013. The film can also be viewed on Netflix and Amazon Video being free with Amazon prime.
The Lego Movie (2014)
The Lego Movie (stylized as The LEGO Movie) is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure-comedy film directed and written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, from a story by Dan and Kevin Hageman, as well as Lord and Miller, and produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Based on the Lego line of construction toys, the film stars the voice of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. It was the first film produced by Warner Animation Group in eleven years since Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which was released in 2003, and is an international co-production between the United States, Australia, and Denmark. The film tells the story of an ordinary Lego minifigure as he ends up becoming involved in a resistance against a tyrannical businessman who plans to glue everything in the Lego worlds.
The film was released theatrically on February 7, 2014 through Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures to near-unanimous positive reviews; critics praised its visual style, humor, voice cast, and heartwarming message. It earned more than $257 million in North America and $210 million in other territories for a worldwide total of over $469 million. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, and the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Everything Is Awesome".
The film quickly expanded into a franchise which ties to the Lego brand, with a sequel scheduled for release on February 8, 2019, with two spin-off films, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, to also be released in 2017, as well as a third in development currently.
Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered (2014)
Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered is an animated superhero television special based on the Lego and DC Comics brands. It premiered on Cartoon Network on October 27, 2014. It was later released on DVD with Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes:
Avengers Reassembled! (2015)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled is a computer animated Lego film based on Marvel Comics characters that appeared in Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Lego Marvel's Avengers. The film first aired on Disney XD.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes:
Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is a direct-to-video Computer animated comedy film based on the Lego and DC Comics brands, released on February 10, 2015 on Blu-ray and DVD. This is the third Lego DC Comics film following Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite and Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered. Some actors from various DC properties reprise their respective roles, including Nolan North as Superman, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Diedrich Bader as Green Lantern (Guy Gardner) and Tom Kenny as The Penguin and Plastic Man.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League:
Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015)
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom is a direct-to-video animated comedy film based on the Lego and DC Comics brands, which was released on August 25, 2015 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. This is the fourth Lego DC Comics film following Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered and Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League. Some actors from various DC properties reprise their respective roles, including Mark Hamill as The Trickster, Nolan North as Superman, Khary Payton as Cyborg, John DiMaggio as The Joker, Josh Keaton as Green Lantern, Kevin Michael Richardson as Black Manta, Grey Griffin as Lois Lane and Tom Kenny as The Penguin.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes:
Justice League: Cosmic Clash (2016)
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash is a direct-to-video animated comedy film based on the Lego and DC Comics brands, which was released on February 9, 2016 on Digital HD and March 1, 2016 on Blu-ray and DVD. It is the fifth LEGO DC Comics film following Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League and Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom. Some actors from various DC properties reprised their respective roles, including Nolan North as Superman and Khary Payton as Cyborg.
Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood (2016)
Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood is a 2016 animated direct-to-video horror-comedy film and the twenty-fifth film in the direct-to-video series of Scooby-Doo films and the first movie based on the Scooby-Doo brand of Lego. It was released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on May 10, 2016. The plot revolves around the gang trying to rescue an old movie studio, which is not only threatened by developers, but a series of movie monsters, too. The first trailer was released on February 23, 2016.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes:
Justice League: Gotham City Breakout (2016)
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout is a direct-to-video animated superhero action comedy film based on the Lego and DC Comics brands, which was released on June 21, 2016 in Digital HD and on July 12, 2016 on Blu-ray and DVD. It is the sixth Lego DC Comics film following Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom and Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash. Some actors from various DC properties will reprise their respective roles, including Nolan North as Superman and Troy Baker as Batman.
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
The Lego Batman Movie (stylized as The LEGO Batman Movie and known in some regions as LEGO Batman The Movie) is an upcoming 2017 American-Danish 3D computer-animated action-comedy superhero film, directed by Chris McKay, produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and written by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is a spin-off of the 2014 film The Lego Movie, focusing on the DC Comics character Batman, set in the same universe as the previous film. It features the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and Mariah Carey. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 10, 2017 through Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
The Lego Ninjago Movie (stylized as The LEGO Ninjago Movie) is an upcoming 2017 American-Danish 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film, directed by Charlie Bean and written by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Kevin Chesley and Bryan Shukoff. It is a spin-off of the 2014 film The Lego Movie. It features the voices of Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, and Jackie Chan. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 22, 2017 through Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Lego Movie Sequel (2019)
The Lego Movie Sequel is an upcoming computer-animated adventure-comedy film directed by Rob Schrab, produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and written by Jared Stern, Michelle Morgan, Lord, and Miller. It is to be the sequel to the 2014 film The Lego Movie, and the fourth film in the franchise, set to follow the releases of both of its spin-off films, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie from 2017 respectively.
After the blockbuster success of the first movie, a sequel was already in the works before the studios released the first one. After so, Warner Bros. did not invite Village Roadshow Pictures to produce the second, and the film will be produced in Vancouver, with Canadian company Bron Studios taking the role of Village Roadshow.
The film is set to be released on February 8, 2019 in 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D through Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Billion Brick Race (20??)
In March 2015, Warner Bros. announced that a fourth Lego Movie sequel, titled Billion Brick Race, was in development. Jason Segel and Drew Pearce were signed on to co-direct and write the film.