Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if our superheroes had pets? Possibly not! The film begins with an introduction to the man of steel himself, Superman. We witness his home being destroyed when he’s a baby and being sent to Earth in a small vessel. Thankfully, he’s not sent alone. Joining him is his loveable puppy dog Krypto.
In the present day, Superman lives in the city and joining him on every rescue mission is a grown-up Krypto (Dwayne Johnson) who also carries many abilities like Superman, including flying and super speed. While the pair is naturally an excellent duo for saving lives and taking down the bad guys, the relationship between them is about to become a tad rocky when Superman, aka Clark Kent, wants to settle down and ask Lois Lane to marry him. Naturally, Krypto fears he is about to lose his best and closest friend to a woman who has stolen Superman’s heart. To make matters worse, Superman and the entire Justice League are captured. Now Krypto is forced to team up with a small group of pets who all carry special abilities. Can Krypto and this new team work together to save the world?
DC League of Super-Pets is best described as an action and comedy animation film. Created for the young and old, I’m excited to say that this film has lots of excitement and on-screen entertainment. Offering a storyline that’s never been done in cinema history about superheroes and their pets, the film delivers a fresh concept filled with heart, random gags and superhero references.
Another praise point of this film is the excellent and fun voice cast, including talents such as Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, and John Krasinski. On top of this, we also have Natasha Lyonne, who plays a vision-impaired turtle name Merton and Keanu Reeves as The Dark Knight himself. This pair steal every scene they appear in thanks to their random and unexpected comedic one-liners. Visually, this film is great, providing a massive range of fun and bright colours, and even the finer details among the pets are pleasing. The soundtrack is fun but, sadly, nothing overly memorable.
With so much praise to say about this film, I have only one major issue with it, and it’s simply its runtime. Regardless of if you’re a parent or a young child, the film’s pacing and its entire runtime is far too long. The film also has multiple climaxes, which feel unnecessary, dragging the film on and leading to its most exciting climax and final battle. Given how much fun this film offered at the start and end, I needed a much tighter second act. Instead, like a dog, the film begins to chase its tail, losing its finesse and entertainment.
Overall, as an animation feature, this film is downright fun, and offers a new concept that begins with plenty of excitement for both young and old audiences. The voice cast here is great, with Keanu Reeves and Natasha Lyonne delivering the best one-liners and gags. The visuals are great, and the soundtrack is pleasing but not too memorable. With plenty of tasty treats on-screen, the biggest letdown is its runtime which feels far too long and even drags before its massive climax. Also, viewers who stay for the credits will be rewarded with a couple of playful scenes.
3rd September 2022
Written by Peter Walkden
Peter Walkden at the Queensland Red Carpet preview screening at Event Cinemas Garden City