Dav Pilkey rocked the potty humor world twenty years ago with the release of his very first Captain Underpants book. Now, twelve books and several spin-off titles later, the hero is finally ready to face off against booger-wielding villains and poopy diapers in his very own film — Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. With a gut-busting cast and an animation style intended to honor the original books, Captain Underpants is one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2017.
Though we previously didn’t know much about the film, aside from its cast and crew, Dreamworks is determined to keep both kid and adult fans excited for the movie’s summer release. Today, they released the first official movie poster for Captain Underpants, and it does not disappoint.
Nerdist released the official Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie poster earlier today. It features its titular hero, in all his undergarmented glory, answering his superhero call. The poster also highlights key cast members and a release date. Check it out, below:
The poster shouts out to key cast members Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, and Thomas Middleditch. Hart and Middleditch play fourth-grade protagonists George and Harold, who hypnotize their mean-spirited Principal Krupp (Ed Helms), into believing he is a superhero called Captain Underpants. Kroll plays the film’s chief antagonist, Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants (real name). Captain Underpants director David Soren (The Road to El Dorado, Chicken Run) promised that the film would dip out of its conventional 3-D animation style to pay tribute to its original source material, occasionally taking advantage of mediums like 2-D animation, puppets, and even flip books.
All in all, it looks like the first Captain Underpants film is shaping up to be a romp fit for fans, both young and young at heart. Its comedy-focused cast and irreverent marketing make us hopeful that this movie will be fit to adapt its rather creative (if, some may argue, crass) source material. Hopefully this renewed interest in the Captain Underpants world won’t inspire yet another round of controversy, as the series became the American Library Association’s most-banned books in 2012. The last book’s revelation that protagonist Harold is gay also led some schools to ban the book. Hopefully people can just let these films go by without causing a stink, but you never know when people will get their undies in a bunch.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie soars into theaters later this summer. Until then, it might be time to dust off your old copy of Captain Underpants — or have a preemptive, frank discussion with your child about when potty humor is socially acceptable.