The LEGO Movie was easily one of the best movies of 2014 (lack of Academy Awards notwithstanding) and featured characters from across pop culture, but prominently featured comic book characters from the DC Comics lexicon.
Since then, LEGO and DC Comics have deepened their partnership, releasing a series of animated films in the style of the LEGO Movie which featured DC Comics characters in more traditional superheroic tales.
That got us thinking: which indie comics would make rocking LEGO movies?
The ones we came up with might surprise you!
Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca‘s magical mystery tour from Image Comics features an awesome array of mystical creatures, any of which would make tremendous additions to a kid’s (or adult’s) LEGO collection and, let’s face it, these movies are huge commercials for product which will eventually make its’ way into toy store aisles anyway, so why not add some variety to the masses of orcs, goblins, and trolls which have inundated playroom tables since the release of the Lord of the Rings movies?
The fact that it features a female protagonist who kicks about eight different kinds of ass in just about every imaginable environment could also help bridge the unfortunate gap with younger female consumers, something LEGO has struggled to address.
THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS
When it comes to some awesome science sauce with amazing characters, you can’t ask for more than Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra‘s The Manhattan Projects, which features basically every genius from World War II, the Cold War, and beyond in a series of adventures which span the entire world, the cosmos, alternate realities and everything in between.
You’ve got a gun-toting, chainsaw-wielding Einstein, a cyborg-armed Nazi rocketeer, talking space-dogs, and, oh SPACESHIPS (something fans of the Lego movie would get a chuckle at). All that doesn’t even mention the hordes of Japanese kamikaze robots powered by Toyota enginers (which means that they can basically run forever and won’t stop until they completely fall apart).
The series also features far flung locales on Earth such as an Illuminati temple whose set could feature Harry Truman in a disturbing head-dress, a space-faring menagerie of creatures from a thousand worlds, and a world composed of pure imagination, something which should be right up LEGO’s alley.
Mark Millar and Goran Parlov reached back into the halcyon days of science fiction in crafting the latter-day adventures of Duke McQueen, an aged version of Flash Gordon who finds himself tapped in his twilight years to once again lead a rebellion against an oppressive empire.
This could essentially be the indie comics world’s answer to Star Wars, and its already on the road to becoming a big screen feature, having been optioned before the first issue even hit comic book stands. Heck, even parents could get behind playing with LEGO sets starring a middle-aged hero whose kids never call.
Between the starships, the soaring towers, and some sweet old-school muscle cars, this book has everything a LEGO fan could want. Beyond that, Millar has already conquered the printed word and the big screen, so isn’t it about time that the Millarworld started expanding into the toy market?
HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.
Sorry, no spaceships here, just some badassery culled from one of the most popular independent comic book characters of all time.
Hellboy has already had two live-action movies and over twenty years of stories from the incomparable Mike Mignola, giving it all the name recognition and market clout necessary to make it’s inclusion necessary, advantageous, and simply perfect.
The BPRD roster alone would make for some amazing figures to add to a collection, and who doesn’t want to see animated Lego Hellboy forced to find something to chomp on other than a cigar and being constantly upbraided for his foul language a la Steve Rogers in Age of Ultron?
Ryan Farrier‘s tale of a down on his luck robot in a post-human era provides the perfect lead character for this sort of film. The depressingly homogenous world he inhabits and his soul-crushing work-a-day life makes him a terrific stand in for Chris Pratt’s everyman Emmett Brickowski from the original LEGO movie. Combine those factors with a universe containing infinitely customizable robots and, of course, spaceships, and you have everything needed to replicate the formula of creativity and independence versus conformity which made the fist fill so relatable and successful.