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Warner Bros.' The LEGO Batman Movie has proven to be one of 2017's biggest hits - a follow-up to 2014's The LEGO Movie, but one with perhaps even more appeal to families that embrace the desire for adventure. Like it's predecessor, our kids have had a desire to take the film with them, and that's something we've seen from the start. When General Motors showed off the Chevrolet version of The LEGO Movie Batmobile at The Chicago Auto Show back in February, my oldest daughter was right there rockin' her LEGO Batman backpack. When a LEGO Batgirl costume popped up at Walmart - the girls had to have it. And by summer, the movie was available on Digital HD, and the girls insisted that it be added to the iPad for the road. In fact, on our June trip to the lake house in Wisconsin, we traveled with a LEGO Batman pack. 

2017 CAS LogoAs The LEGO Batman Movie soars into theaters this weekend, it's pretty appropriate that The Batmobile is in the Windy City. After all, Chicago doubled for Gotham City back when Christopher Nolan was crafting his Dark Knight Trilogy. Thing is, this Batmobile is a much different beast. The 2017 LEGO Batmobile from Chevrolet made its official debut in Detroit last month, a life-sized replica of "The Speedwagon" driven by LEGO Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) in the new film. Now, that ride, crafted from a total of 344,187 LEGO bricks supported by a square-tube aluminum frame, is sitting in McCormick Place, the result of 222 hours of design time, and 1,833 hours of construction by LEGO Master Builders. For it's appearance at The Chicago Auto Show, the LEGO Batmobile sits in front of a brick wall illuminated by moving Bat (and Chevy) signals, each zeroing in on LEGO Batman himself! As a bonus, kids can take part in their very own LEGO Batmobile mini-build, available for free to take home! We had a chance to check out the full display during the Media Preview - take a look...

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We just found out that the Robin costume is red, yellow and green for a very scary reason... it was once an alternate Batman costume known as "Reggae Man." Since this writer can't stand the music of Bob Marley, you can understand my terror at this revelation, but what else I can tell you is that February 2017 will bring forth a Batman movie that you can actually take your little ones to see (especially if the SUICIDE SQUAD promo has them all excited to see Harley Quinn and The Joker) - THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE! After a handful of teaser trailers, a proper look at the film has arrived thanks to the in-progress San Diego Comic-Con, and the good folks at Warner Bros. have placed it online for non-attendees like you and me to enjoy. Check it out!

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While audiences were packing the cinemas in support of BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE this weekend, one thing I couldn't emphasize enough was that it wasn't for small children (read my review here). What is for small children is next year's The LEGO Batman Movie, starring Will Arnett as the voice of The Dark Knight himself. After nearly a million people viewed the first trailer on YouTube over the past few days, LEGO Batman couldn't be upstaged by his live-action counterparts, with Alfred throwing down a history of The Caped Crusader's on-screen adventures in a second teaser trailer... Wayne Manor-style! Check it out below...

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