DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS (2022)
Release Date: 07/29/22 [Cinemas]
Studio: Warner Bros Pictures
"Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his own powers for a rescue mission when Superman is kidnapped."
OUR MOVIE REVIEW:
DC League of Super-Pets is the DC universe’s first theatrical introduction to the “Super-Pets” and with almost no prior knowledge of any of these characters (beyond Superman’s dog Krypto), the film had a lot to explore. The film features the entire Justice League team of heroes but the main focus is that of the power-induced animals that happen upon a maniacal guinea pig’s plan for world domination.
Led by the voice talent of Dwayne Johnson as Krypto the Superdog and a supporting cast of Kevin Hart, John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer and plenty of others, the cast is stacked. Even with the numerous big names behind the characters, the booming voice of Dwayne Johnson and the less powerful voice of Kevin Hart coming out of their respective characters takes some getting used to, at least in the first act.
An army of superpowered guinea pigs was a fun touch and a sinister kitten who wants to tear the Super-Pets “limb from limb” was unbelievably comical for the heroes to go up against. The film is silly beyond a reasonable degree and not all of the jokes manage to hit the target promptly, there are some eye roll moments throughout. However, throughout the jokes the film does pull ever so slightly at the heartstrings by showcasing in a flashback montage, in a very Jessie from Toy Story 2 fashion, the reason Hart’s Ace has been separated from his family.
DC League of Super-Pets does remind me slightly of the WB’s last theatrical animated feature, Scoob! with its mixed animation styling. The film can be beautiful, however it can be just as frequently dull. The animation aside, the typical good vs evil story with a twist is predictable in nearly all its story beats but it doesn’t stop the second half of the film from being an action packed joy. DC League of Super-Pets is perfect for kids with its superhero narrative and adorable leads, while being just the right amount of adult to appease its older audience (including a few blatant “beeps” along the way).