After superheroes, DC and Warner Bros bring in the animal kingdom with a 'Super Pets' movie reportedly in the works
The writer of The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Jared Stern, has been hired by Warner Bros. for an animated movie, Super Pets.
The DC Universe is getting bigger and a separate animal kingdom is forming as Warner Bros is developing a movie centered on the pets of superheroes. It seems DC is banking on its superhero universe to work its magic and now that its superheroes are all over the place fighting their battles, it's time they looked for more supers to bring to the table. This brings us to pets owned by famous DC characters.
According to Collider, the studio has hired The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie co-writer Jared Stern to pen animated feature 'Super Pets'. Stern has previously penned 'The Watch,' 'Wreck-It-Ralph,' 'Mr Popper's Penguins' and 'The Internship' but had his first start with movies like 'Bolt,' 'The Princess and the Frog,' and 'Wreck-It Ralph.' He recently directed the Netflix comedy Happy Anniversary starring Noël Wells and Ben Schwartz. Stern is also writing and executive producing an adaptation of Dr. Seuss‘ classic children’s book 'Green Eggs and Ham' for Netflix and WBTV, as well as a feature adaptation of Seuss’ The Cat In the Hat for Warner Bros. Animation.
With so much on the plate, it isn't clear whether Stern will base the script on DC's Legion of 'Super-Pets' or the Cartoon Network series of the same name which began airing in 2013 or whether he’ll create new characters better suited to his vision for the film.
The Super-Pets team made their comic book debut in Adventure Comics #293, published in February 1962 and over the years many super-animals have been included in the series including Superboy's Krypto the Super-Dog, Supergirl's Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey and Comet the Super-Horse from the Superman and Superboy comics; Damian Wayne’s dog Titus; Aquaman’s seahorse Storm; plus Flexi the Plastic Bird, Bat-Cow and Clay Critter, who was killed by Dex-Starr and Harley Quinn’s hyenas Bud and Lou. Krypto the Superdog also had his own comic series, which featured appearances from Beppo and Comet. Even Marvel had its own animal-centric comic book, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers.
Warner Bros has another animated superhero movie running in theatres as of now; 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,' and has so far grossed over $12 million at the US box office. The film is distinguished to be featuring the first cameo by Stan Lee in a DC property, even though, it's in animated form. 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell and Will Arnett.
While adults may not find this appealing, it could be speculated that with this movie DC is trying to woo a younger fan base.