DC League of Super-Pets

DC League of Super-Pets

2022, PG, 106 min. Directed by Jared Stern, Sam Levine. Voices by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, Natasha Lyonne, Vanessa Bayer, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, John Krasinski, Marc Maron.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., July 29, 2022

Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson clearly have fun making movies together. Three films into their partnership (Hart's cameo in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw barely counts) it's clear that they're more fun together in family-friendly fare like the Jumanji sequels than the clunky Central Intelligence. For DC League of Super-Pets, their fourth proper feature together, they may have at least shared the same recording booth as they bring their double act to DC League of Super-Pets, one of the strangest but most enjoyable corners of the DC animated universe.

Krypto the Superdog is proof that 1955 was a weird time for comics: DC Comics decided to cash in on the success of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, ABC's reboot of the old Poverty Row movie series about a heroic German shepherd. The idea of corn-fed farm boy Clark Kent having an equally superpowered golden retriever was such a hit that Batman got his own canine sidekick, Ace the Bat-Hound, and in the early Sixties the hero animal craze resulted in the Legion of Super-Pets. For decades, DC has vacillated between erasing and embracing their inherent goofiness, and League of Super-Pets finally gives them their own headliner movie with Johnson as Superman's best friend and Hart as up-for-adoption boxer Ace (can you say ... origin story?).

The duo has already proven their ability to banter, with entertaining results, and the quick-witted script takes them to the most kid-friendly version of their act yet. Writer/director Stern and his The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie co-writer John Whittington plays to all their strengths as Superman (Mister Fantastic aka Krasinski, like Johnson with the upcoming Black Adam, pulling double superhero fan casting duty this year) and the whole Justice League get kidnapped by a Kryptonite-mutated Lexcorp guinea pig named Lulu (McKinnon). Luckily, even as Krypto loses his powers, Ace and a shelter's worth of critturs (Lyonne as a Flash-esque turtle, Bayer as a size-changing pig, and Luna as a lightning-projecting squirrel) get their own, and learn important lessons about friendship along the way.

League of Super-Pets is a lighthearted, generically animated, fun time out for the kids. There's an oddly large number of jokes from the Distinguished Competition referring to Marvel characters, and the weird decision to have turtle Merton (the name a nod to DC's original talking animal) talk with bleeped-out swears, but overall the boisterous buddy comedy of Hart and Johnson will make you believe a dog truly can fly.

Showtimes

Tue., Aug. 9

1:15

Wed., Aug. 10

11:20am

Fri., Aug. 12

12:10

Sat., Aug. 13

11:45am

Sun., Aug. 14

11:55am

Mon., Aug. 15

12:10

Tue., Aug. 9

12:15

Wed., Aug. 10

11:55am

Fri., Aug. 12

2:50, 6:00

Sat., Aug. 13

11:40am

Sun., Aug. 14

11:40am

Mon., Aug. 15

12:10, 3:05, 6:00

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Tue., Aug. 9

3:35, 6:00

Wed., Aug. 10

11:20am, 4:45, 6:00

Fri., Aug. 12

2:40, 5:55, 8:50

Sat., Aug. 13

12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 8:45

Sun., Aug. 14

1:30, 4:25, 5:40

Mon., Aug. 15

12:00, 3:05, 6:00

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Tue., Aug. 9

CC/DVS 11:00am, 12:15, 3:15, 4:30, 8:15, 9:45

Wed., Aug. 10

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:15, 6:15, 9:00

Fri., Aug. 12

11:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 8:00, 9:15

Sat., Aug. 13

11:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 8:00, 9:15

Sun., Aug. 14

11:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 8:00, 9:15

Mon., Aug. 15

2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Tue., Aug. 9

CC/DVS 1:45, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00

Wed., Aug. 10

CC/DVS 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 10

11:40

Thu., Aug. 11

11:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Tue., Aug. 9

digital 9:30am, 10:50am, 12:15, 1:45, 3:05, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., Aug. 10

digital 9:30am, 10:50am, 12:15, 1:45, 3:05, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Tue., Aug. 9

digital 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:40, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:30, 7:30, 9:10

Wed., Aug. 10

digital 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:40, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:30, 7:30, 9:10

Tue., Aug. 9

digital 11:00am, 12:15, 1:50, 3:00, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 10

digital 11:00am, 12:15, 1:50, 3:00, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Tue., Aug. 9

digital 10:45am, 11:20am, 1:25, 2:15, 4:10, 5:00, 6:30, 7:50, 10:35

Wed., Aug. 10

digital 10:45am, 11:20am, 1:25, 2:15, 4:10, 5:00, 6:30, 7:50, 10:35

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 9

digital 10:05am, 12:05, 12:50, 3:05, 3:40, 5:55, 6:30, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 10

digital 10:05am, 12:05, 12:50, 3:05, 3:40, 5:55, 6:30, 9:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Tue., Aug. 9

digital 11:00am, 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 10

digital 11:00am, 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:15

Tue., Aug. 9

10:50am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 10

10:50am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55

Thu., Aug. 11

10:50am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Tue., Aug. 9

1:05, 3:50, 6:25

Wed., Aug. 10

12:20, 2:50, 6:05

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Tue., Aug. 9

10:30am, 11:15am, 1:15, 2:00, 4:45, 6:45, 7:30

Wed., Aug. 10

11:15am, 1:15, 2:00, 4:45, 6:45

Fri., Aug. 12

11:00am, 12:00, 2:45, 5:30

Sat., Aug. 13

12:00, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15

Sun., Aug. 14

3:00, 5:45

Mon., Aug. 15

11:00am, 12:00, 2:45, 5:30

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Tue., Aug. 9

10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30, 1:45, 3:00, 4:15, 5:30, 8:00, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 10

11:15am, 12:30, 3:00, 4:15, 5:30, 8:00

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Tue., Aug. 9

12:50, 3:35, 6:30

Wed., Aug. 10

12:50, 3:35, 6:30

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Tue., Aug. 9

11:45am, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 10

12:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:30

Thu., Aug. 11

11:45am, 3:00, 4:15

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Tue., Aug. 9

CC 10:55am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05

Wed., Aug. 10

CC 10:55am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05

Fri., Aug. 12

CC 10:55am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05

Sat., Aug. 13

CC 10:55am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05

Sun., Aug. 14

CC 10:55am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05

Mon., Aug. 15

CC 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 9

CC 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:10
CC/DVS 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:10

Wed., Aug. 10

CC 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:10
CC/DVS 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:10

Thu., Aug. 11

CC 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:10
CC/DVS 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:10

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Tue., Aug. 9

11:15am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45

Wed., Aug. 10

11:15am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Wed., Aug. 10

6:00, 9:15

Fri., Aug. 12

2:45, 6:00, 9:00

Sat., Aug. 13

12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:15

Sun., Aug. 14

12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:15

Mon., Aug. 15

7:15, 10:15

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Tue., Aug. 9

CC 12:40, 3:30, 6:30
CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 6:30

Wed., Aug. 10

CC 12:40, 3:30, 6:30
CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 6:30

Thu., Aug. 11

CC 3:30, 6:30
CC/DVS 3:30, 6:30

Sat., Aug. 13

sensory friendly 11:30am

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 9

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 6:25, 9:05

Wed., Aug. 10

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 6:25, 9:05

Thu., Aug. 11

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 6:25, 9:05

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Tue., Aug. 9

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 6:00

Wed., Aug. 10

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 6:00

Thu., Aug. 11

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30

Fri., Aug. 12

10:30am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:00

Sat., Aug. 13

10:30am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:00

Sun., Aug. 14

10:30am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:00

Mon., Aug. 15

10:30am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Tue., Aug. 9

11:00am, 1:00, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00

Wed., Aug. 10

11:00am, 1:00, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00

Thu., Aug. 11

11:00am, 1:00, 3:00

Fri., Aug. 12

10:30am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00

Sat., Aug. 13

11:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00

Sun., Aug. 14

11:00am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30

Mon., Aug. 15

11:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Tue., Aug. 9

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 6:50, 9:30

Wed., Aug. 10

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 6:50, 9:30

Thu., Aug. 11

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 6:50, 9:30

Fri., Aug. 12

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 6:40, 9:20

Sat., Aug. 13

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 6:40, 9:20

Sun., Aug. 14

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 6:40, 9:20

Mon., Aug. 15

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 6:40, 9:20

Tue., Aug. 9

12:20, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Wed., Aug. 10

12:20, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Thu., Aug. 11

12:20, 3:00, 6:45, 9:45

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 9

CC 11:00am, 2:15, 4:00, 6:00, 8:35
CC/DVS 11:00am, 2:15, 4:00, 6:00, 8:35

Wed., Aug. 10

CC 11:00am, 2:15, 4:00, 6:00, 8:35
CC/DVS 11:00am, 2:15, 4:00, 6:00, 8:35

Thu., Aug. 11

CC 11:45am, 1:15, 4:00, 6:00, 8:35
CC/DVS 11:45am, 1:15, 4:00, 6:00, 8:35

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