When he’s not making video games like the forthcoming PlayStation 4 title Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima often takes to his personal Twitter account to profess his love for a lot of his contemporaries’ creations in the worlds of film, television, books, and video games. As it happens, the Metal Gear creator recently decided to give his take on The Lego Batman Movie, doling out praise to the makers of the animated film, which prompted the movie’s production company, Warner Bros. Pictures, to turn Hideo Kojima into a LEGO character.

As seen in the tweet below, Hideo Kojima shares the image of himself as “Lego Hideo,” alongside a promotional poster of the Japanese version of The Lego Batman Movie, as well as an image of several other people immortalized as LEGO characters. Prior to his being made into a LEGO character, Kojima-san tweeted about his seeing the animated film, and called it a “masterpiece,” saying that only the LEGO company could have shown Batman’s “true nature.”

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that Hideo Kojima has been associated with the LEGO brand, for in the past, the director has been known to use the blocks as a means to stage certain levels of his games prior to their creation with development software. For instance, while developing Metal Gear Solid, Kojima-san reportedly made use of LEGOs to get a feel for how he wanted the stages of the stealth-action title to look before finally executing his plans.

As it happens, one fan of Metal Gear Solid recently decided to take the association of LEGOs with the stealth-action game a step further by actually recreating the title’s Shadow Moses level in LEGO Worlds. While Solid Snake doesn’t look exactly like his counterpart in the original version, the fan recreation does a great job of imagining what the Metal Gear game would look like if it were based in a LEGO universe.

Of course, now that Hideo Kojima has outed himself as a Batman fan, it will be interesting to see if themes from the comic books based on the Dark Knight start to crop up in any of his projects throughout the rest of his career. Bearing this in mind–and this is a long shot–with Rocksteady Studios having finished up their work with the Caped Crusader on Batman: Arkham Knight, maybe Kojima-san will eventually try his hand at creating a Batman game of his own once he finishes Death Stranding. After all, considering how prominent science fiction elements are in his games, Hideo Kojima could surely make a truly interesting Batman Beyond game if given the shot.

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding is currently in production for PlayStation 4.

Source: Hideo Kojima – Twitter

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