CARS.COM — When Warner Bros. released “The Lego Movie” three years ago this week — to an opening weekend gross of $69 million on its way to nearly $258 million in the U.S. alone — it really connected with audiences. The standout appearance by the Will Arnett-voiced Lego Batman just begged for its own film, which it now has in “The Lego Batman Movie,” opening in theaters nationwide Feb. 10. Accompanying the release is the Lego Batmobile, swooping into the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this week to save the day from a largely low-key exhibition in terms of new-model debuts.
The full-scale, Chevrolet-co-branded model of Lego Batman’s ride, referred to in the film as “The Speedwagon,” first showed up in Detroit for the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The debut was followed by an appearance at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie before making its way to the Windy City — home to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” series (the good entries, anyway), as well as much of the action of the new Batfleck-era incarnation of the Caped Crusader universe so far.