DC League Of Super-Pets Review: Superman’s Best Friend

Before the Super Pets get a chance to be the huge ensemble that marketing offers, they begin to focus on their central relationship, the enduring friendship between Superman (John Krasinski) and his faithful dog Crypto (Johnson), the only being who has been by his side. since he was on the rocket ship as a baby. The film’s setting is like a less crude retelling of Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy Ted, covering similar thematic territory while still being largely useful. Superman wants to propose to his longtime love Lois Lane (Olivia Wilde), but worries about further pushing Krypto aside in his personal life.

It is established that Krypto does not get along well with other animals and fails to understand that his owner/best friend’s romantic pursuits are not related to their bond. Big Blue is trying to find a playmate for Krypto, and that’s where the rest of the film’s cast comes into play: a ragtag team of shelter animals who are counting down the days until they find a loving family to call home. There’s PB (Vanessa Bayer), a pot-bellied pig who loves Wonder Woman as much as her self-esteem issues, alongside Merton (Natasha Lyonne), the snarky, witty turtle, Chip (Diego Luna), a nervous squirrel, and Ace (Kevin Hart).

Ace is a kind of Cold-blooded Luke, constantly trying to escape and promising the rest of the gang an idyllic future on a farm far, far away. He and Krypto almost immediately develop a fever with each other, as they are contractually required to have two characters voiced by Rock and Kevin Hart. But the real threat comes from Lulu, one of Lex Luthor’s former (literal) guinea pigs, voiced by Kate McKinnon. Lulu follows in the footsteps of her lover and “mentor” (Luthor Marc Maron) by using a stolen piece of orange kryptonite to give herself superpowers by accidentally giving them to the rest of the animals at the shelter.

Her telekinesis and elaborate machinations are enough to help her bring down the entire Justice League, including Batman (Keanu Reeves), Aquaman (Jemaine Clement), Wonder Woman (Jameela Jameel), and Cyborg (David Diggs). When Earth’s defenders are captured, Krypto, whose power was stripped by Lulu, must lead a team of animals with new powers to save the world. Easier said than done.

Lego Batman creator Jared Stern has done a great job of presenting all the recognizable heroes in an inspired and effective manner, as well as widely telegraphing which of the shelter animals are most likely to bond with those League members. But as well as the supporting actors juggle, it’s the sincerity in Krypto’s relationship with Superman and how that kinship translates into the eventual chemistry between Krypto and Ace that gives the film a powerful underpinning.

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