Warner Bros. has been confirmed to be making a Super Pets film, and Jared Stern will be in charge of directing the tail-wagging adventure. The animated film will be centered around the pets of DC's famous superheroes.
The Super-Pets can be traced back all the way to 1962, when they appeared in Adventure Comics #293. Seeing the potential for success, Cartoon Network made a series of DC Super-Pets! shorts. Now in a world that sees several superhero movies released each year, Warner Bros. has decided to take a break from their more serious superhero outings and make a movie revolving around animal superheroes.
Very little is known about Super Pets as of right now, but Collider reports that Jared Stern has been hired to direct and also write the movie. While no characters or story details have been confirmed as of yet, the film could possibly include characters from the comics, the cartoons, or even a brand new set of characters fans have never seen.
Stern may be new when it comes to directing, but he's made several writing contributions to films. His only directing credit so far comes from the Netflix film Happy Anniversary starring Noël Wells and Ben Schwartz, while his writing background is much more extensive. Stern worked on both The Watch and Wreck-It-Ralph, and more recently wrote the screenplays for The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie.
DC's Legion of Super-Pets have previously included characters such as Krypto the Super-Dog, Bebbo the Super-Monkey, Comet the Super-Horse and Streaky the Super-Cat. Marvel may have included Cosmo the Spacedog in Guardians of the Galaxy, but the Avengers really have not had time to take care of pets, nor has Marvel indicated any plans to create a Pet Avengers movie. In fact, animals really have not been a huge focal point for any superhero movie as yet. Super Pets may not be a guaranteed success with an adult audience, but a film centering around superhero animals will surely attract the younger crowd. After seeing the success of films about animals such as Disney's Bolt and Illumination/Universal's The Secret Life of Pets, it may not be a bad idea to introduce pets into the superhero genre. After all, The Secret Life of Pets reached $800 million at the box office, so throwing a cape and mask on an animated dog could be a smash hit.