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Warner Bros: promoting The Lego Batman Movie with Channel 4

Warner Bros: promoting The Lego Batman Movie with Channel 4

Drum OMG won an award for Best News/Media/Publishing Content Marketing Strategy/Campaign at The Drum Content Awards 2017 for its work with Warner Bros. The agency explains the strategy they used to make this award-winning campaign come to life.

Executive Summary

Expectations for The Lego Batman Movie were sky high. We knew it was funny, which helped, but how were we going to convince a wide variety of people from kids to teenagers to twenty-something superhero buffs that it was going to be even funnier than the first Lego Movie and worth their effort?

By letting Lego Batman be Lego Batman and barge his way through popular culture that’s how. In a unique partnership with Channel 4 we gave him a job as its continuity announcer for a weekend, making 18 short films that got Batman talking about some of the most popular shows on TV while showcasing his hilarious need to always be the centre of attention. The partnership allowed us to reach a wide variety of people across multiple touchpoints from TV to Twitter. We worked closely with Channel 4 to negotiate early access to their schedules and totally integrated Lego Batman into the fabric of the channel. Holy-Channel-4-partnership Batman.


Our brief was to herald the film as more than just an animation for kids and celebrate Lego Batman as a hero and icon in his own right with a piece of surprising, disruptive content. We had to appeal to a broad audience ranging from families with kids to tech savvy teenagers, and up to 16-34 blockbuster buffs. We would know the content was a success if the film took huge numbers in its opening weekend, tracked strong awareness leading up to the release and drove social media buzz and positive sentiment for the character.

Our strategy was built upon the core pillar, ‘Lego Batman barges in’, which summed up the disruptive, bold and hilariously self-assured nature of the character.

The content had to feel as though it was driven by Lego Batman’s need to be the centre of attention, barging his way into popular culture and UK media. The Lego Movie surprised audiences in 2014 as the standout comedy of the year. Our approach was to use disruptive, innovative content to let people know that The Lego Batman Movie was going to be even funnier, leveraging a media partnership and multiple cultural touchpoints to speak to the broadest audience possible. The key to our approach was to create a seamless integration between the world of the film and the world of the media publisher with a bold media first.


The film launched the following weekend in the number one spot at the box office, a position it held for three weeks.

‘Continuity Bat’ got social media buzzing. It was seen by 40% of the population in four days, and 80% of them did something as a result – either watching the trailer or booking tickets. One in six viewers booked a ticket to see the film as a result, delivering an ROI of £17 for every £1 spent and the film launched in the number one spot at the box office.

As Lego Batman might say, it was totally awesome. Because he is Lego Batman. And you’re not.

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