DC League of Super-Pets Review – In a League of Their Own

DC League of Super-Pets

There are movies born of obvious inspiration and perspiration from everyone involved. Then there are films made strictly for “cash grab.” DC League of Super-Pets is the latter. Then again, if you’re a studio and see Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s names on a movie about superhero pets, then you’d probably see dollar signs too.

DC League of Super-Pets follows Krypto (Dwayne Johnson), Superman’s loving canine companion, who has been with him since the destruction of Krypton. When the entire Justice League gets taken down by the telekinetic Lulu (Kate McKinnon), Krypto must team up with a band of shelter pets (Kevin Hart, Vanessa Bayer, Diego Luna, and Natasha Lyonne) if he’s to save Superman and the world.

Director Jared Stern delivers the same charisma he brought to The LEGO Batman Movie to DC League of Super-Pets. Alongside that charm, the movie also has a necessary message of friendship that’s worth telling—especially to children nowadays. Stern also supplies the same irreverent nature of The LEGO Batman Movie in Super-Pets. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well in Super-Pets as in LEGO Batman. Stern and John Whittington’s script is chock full of DC Comics Easter eggs and even a handful of cheeky references to Marvel superheroes. However, they feel as if they were ham-fisted in there for the sake of making references the audience will recognize. At the same time, the movie spends more time joking about the Justice League than fleshing out the rest of the main characters.


DC League of Super-Pets is a fun movie that families (especially families that are DC fans) will enjoy. However, those looking to find a little more meat in their superhero films might want to look elsewhere.


Thankfully, DC League of Super-Pets is primarily a Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart movie. As we’ve seen onscreen and off-screen, Johnson and Hart have incredible chemistry together. In Super-Pets, their good-natured bickering remains but in animated dog form. Unfortunately, the focus on Johnson and Hart also means that the supporting characters of PB, Chip, and Merton are surprisingly underdeveloped. Compared to Krypto, Ace, and Lulu, the rest of the Super-Pets are reduced to a single-character trope that either progress the movie along or provides comedic relief.

Despite that, the actors do really well with what they’re given. Kate McKinnon, who sounds like a Bond villain, is the movie’s co-MVP alongside Johnson and Hart. Meanwhile, Natasha Lyonne also delights as the no-filter blind turtle Merton. Then, there’s the brilliant casting of Keanu Reeves as a more-emo-than-usual Batman.

As for the animation of DC League of Super-Pets, the folks at Warner Animation Group did an excellent job. Sadly, there’s nothing that sets it apart from other 3D-animated flicks. The animation style is flat and uninspired, with a generic character design and plastic-looking textures. It’s a sharp contrast to the recent innovations in animation done by studios like Sony or Pixar.

Overall, DC League of Super-Pets is a fun movie that families (especially families that are DC fans) will enjoy. However, those looking to find a little more meat in their superhero films might want to look elsewhere. The movie is thin in many places, so audiences past the age of 12 might find it to be exhausting. For families, however, spending time with these cute animals with superpowers will definitely make for a fun family movie night. It’ll also leave you loving your furry companions more than you already do.

Rating: 3/5 atoms

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