While it’s never really been a big part of superhero movies, one of the best parts of superhero comics (and, increasingly, superhero TV shows) is a long and storied tradition of super-pets. Thankfully, the first trailer to the WB’s upcoming animated film DC League of Super-Pets looks like it’s going to make up for that.
What’s surprising about this trailer is just how much it looks like a The Secret Life of Pets spinoff — if the Justice League didn’t actually appear in it, one would reasonably assume it was a sequel.
That’s because in some ways, League of Super-Pets is an origin story: While Krypto, the Super-Dog (Dwayne Johnson) appears fully formed as Superman’s (John Krasinski) faithful canine companion, the plot of the film seems to revolve around a bunch of other normal-looking pets gaining superpowers that correspond to their eventual costumed owners (or…partners?).
Ace, the Bathound (Kevin Hart), is included. Chip, Chip, and Merton, both Green Lanterns (Diego Luna), are other super-pets.
Most interesting, however, is PB (Vanessa Bayer), ostensibly Wonder Woman’s pig — yet as far as I know, there’s no comic book Wonder Pig. There are other possibilities. IsAn episode of Justice League Unlimited where Wonder Woman is turned into a pig via magic and, in the greatest moment of superhero television ever made, Batman sings “Am I Blue” to lift the spell.
Super-pets rule, but it’s gonna be hard to top that.
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