DC League of Super-Pets hits theaters July 29, 2022.
There are times when DC League of Super-Pets is both funny and lavishly conceived, with wordless montages and silent scenes riding the line between mythical and ridiculous. After all, it’s a story about Superman’s dog Krypto, a minor part of the comics and shows, here bumped into an integral part of the hero’s origins. But no matter how thoughtful or energetic the movie gets, it’s often hampered by the voice cast of on-screen celebrities, who generally don’t have the skills to bring a children’s movie to life. If there was a version of the movie with the dialogue track removed, it would probably be more effective.
Through lovely sci-fi designs and doe-eyed characters, Super-Pets retells the Man of Steel’s tragic childhood, but this time his alien parents load a puppy into his pod for his protection as they fling him to Earth. Before the story begins, it uses this intro to lay a heartfelt foundation about friends for life – but it takes a sharp tonal turn when it cuts to the modern day. It is primarily an ironic comedy, despite its sometimes dramatic moments, and the montage of a day in the lives of Krypto and Superman is light-hearted and picturesque. However, it’s a lot less engaging when the characters stop flying and start talking to each other.