There was a time when the casting of Keanu Reeves as Batman would have sent comics fans into extended outrage. But now that we’ve had numerous dark and serious takes, and Reeves himself has undergone much re-evaluation with fandom since the days of Constantine, it feels right in context. Said context being DC League of Super-Pets, the animated comedy based on animal sidekicks. Until recently, at least one of the actor-role pairings remained officially unconfirmed. But now we know: Keanu Reeves is Batman!
And Batman just needed a puppy, as many might suspect. Not that it stops him from making dramatic grimdark pronouncements. The classic 1989 Danny Elfman Bat-theme certainly adds to his mood. Check out the trailer below:
According to the accompanying synopsis, “In DC League of Super-Pets, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the Super Heroes.”
Dwayne Johnson voices Krypto, with Kevin Hart as Ace, Vanessa Bayer as PB, Natasha Lyonne as Merton, Diego Luna as Chip, John Krasinski as Superman, and Marc Maron as Lex Luthor. Kate McKinnon, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Jameela Jamil also join the cast in as-yet undisclosed roles, though it’s presumed some of them will play other Justice League members. DC League of Super-Pets opens May 22.
What do you think now that Keanu Reeves is Batman? Let us know in comments.
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