Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

That Scarlett Johansson Lego

By now you will have read Tara Brady’s interview with Scarlett Johansson for Marvel Avengers Upended (is this right?). The conversation was energised by certain interactions concerning a Lego version of the Black Widow, Ms Johansson’s character in the enthusiastically …

Fri, Apr 27, 2012, 20:46

   

By now you will have read Tara Brady’s interview with Scarlett Johansson for Marvel Avengers Upended (is this right?). The conversation was energised by certain interactions concerning a Lego version of the Black Widow, Ms Johansson’s character in the enthusiastically reviewed superhero movie. Ms Brady had worn her (vegan) leather jacket to the event and — possessed of red hair — therefore looked a little as if she had come in costume. Just as well. Scarlett only gave TB back her Lego because “you kind of look like her”.

These Lego creations are seriously cool. (In an aside, note how Americans say “a Lego” while we say “a piece of Lego”. What can it mean?) Both The Black Widow and  Hawkeye come with changeable expressions. You remove the hair, swivel the head and they go from angry to, well, just very determined. I guess this has probably been going on for years, but it is a while since I played with Lego.

If you like the popular Scandinavian building toys then you had better get ready for a bumper period of brick-related madness. Last week, a press release from Warner Brothers confirmed that the studio is set to launch a film version of the activity. No, really.  The notice reads: “It will incorporate some of the LEGO world’s most popular figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique LEGO world as never seen before.”

Hang on a moment. Who are “the LEGO world’s most popular figures”? Surely the whole point of Lego is that you construct your own world. If the toy does have “popular figures” — aside from eight-brick red-and-green dog — they are drawn from other franchises. Is the film going to feature a bricky version of Han Solo? It’s not such an absurd notion. Many people think the Lego Star Wars video games are somewhat better than the wholly official games based on that space opera.

Can this film really happen? Well, we did get to see Battleshit. However, the proposed versions of Monopoly and Risk seem to be stalled in pre-production mire. I’m still hoping to see Michael Mann’s Buckaroo.

Anyway. These Lego superheroes rockl. Right?