DC League of Super-Pets proves that there is one thing that DC Comics is consistently doing right: animation. Some of the best DC films of the last few years have been from the various animation departments, like Warner Animation Group. The Lego Batman Movie is a true love letter to the character and is honestly one of the best Batman movies in a long time, at least until The Batman came out this year. I’m glad I got to take my son with me for this film because it made the experience even better; this is a DC family film that truly has something for everyone and is honestly better than both versions of Justice League.
DC League of Super-Pets Review
The film begins as an origin story for both Krypto and Superman; we see the destruction of Krypton and the two sent away to arrive in Smallville (a story we know all too well). We get to see their daily life, like daily walks in Metropolis and nightly TV traditions. We also get to see them in action with the rest of the Justice League, which I appreciate being much more diverse compared to the last on-screen version we had.
Everything changes though when a hairless guinea pig named Lulu comes into possession of orange kryptonite, which gives her powerful psychic abilities. She also belongs to Lex Luthor and believes he cares about her, so she follows through on his plan to kidnap and destroy the Justice League. In the process though, she creates the League of Super-Pets by giving four shelter animals powers of their own and they join forces with Krypto to save Superman and the Justice League.
Even voicing an animated Labrador, Dwayne Johnson is still able to exude his natural charisma and does a great job in the film. He also continues to have great chemistry with Kevin Hart, who voices Ace the Bathound. While Hart gets plenty of jokes throughout the film, he also gets some surprising dramatic moments that are very well acted; it would be nice to see him flex those dramatic chops on film more often.
John Krasinski is having a great year for comic book roles, moving from Reed Richards to Clark Kent and doing a great job. The scene stealer of the Justice League though is Keanu Reeves as Batman, which is just brilliant casting and exactly what you want it to be. They both have great chemistry with their respective pets, even though they can’t understand each other by speech; they understand on an emotional level though, like we do with our pets in real life.
Kate McKinnon does what she does best as Lulu; she’s clearly having a great time voicing the villain and has some nice jokes throughout the film. The other members of the League of Super-Pets are great as well. Vanessa Bayer voices PB, a pig who can change her size and loves the Justice League, and Diego Luna voices Chip, a squirrel with electric powers. The highlight of the supporting cast is Natasha Lyone as Merton, an old turtle with bad eyesight who gains super speed. She has some hilarious jokes in the film, along with some surprise curses that get bleeped out for comedic effect.
My son gave DC League of Super-Pets a 10/10; I don’t think I would go that high, but I would probably be somewhere around an 8/10. It has predictable story elements, but the cast and characters are so fun and colorful that I can put those aside for the humor and heart in the story. Plus, who doesn’t love a movie all about animals? If you loved The Lego Batman Movie and its style of humor, you will love DC League of Super-Pets. Also, stay through the credits, because there’s a fun surprise at the end!