DC League of Super-Pets, this summer’s family-friendly movie starring Dwayne Johnson, will have parents laughing at this really clever Easter egg.
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Easter eggs are prevalent in films based on comic books, but the finest one in DC League of Super-Pets went past quicker than a flying super-dog. Like other animated films made for young audiences, this one has some comedy so that parents may enjoy it as well. DC League of Super-Pets delivers, sneaking in a hilarious and pertinent allusion to a famous dystopian novel.
Krypto, Superman’s dog, is ignored by the Man of Steel in favor of Lois Lane in DC League of Super-Pets. His voice is provided by Black Adam from the DC Extended Universe, Dwayne “The Rock.” Johnson. A dismal collection of pets, including a Boxer called Ace, a potbellied pig named PB, a turtle named Merton, a squirrel named Chip, and a hairless guinea pig named Lulu, are now available for adoption at Metropolis’ animal shelter. When Krypto and Superman arrive to save the day and it is revealed that Lulu was a test animal “rescued” from Lex Luthor’s lab, the narrative picks up. However, Lulu was (and still is) dedicated to Luthor and comes up with a scheme to use the strength of orange Kryptonite to get out of the shelter and rejoin her master.
The leader of the other shelter animals, Ace (Kevin Hart in True Story), tells his fellow prisoners that he would liberate them and transport them to a farm “up north” where they will be able to live in peace free from humans who keep them in cages. PB responds, “That doesn’t sound menacing at all,” in response. Animal Farm by George Orwell is the subject of the fast and wonderfully brilliant allusion, and the allusion only gets better as the story of DC League of Super-Pets develops.
References to DC League of Super-Pets A farm in George Orwell’s 1984
A gang of farm animals join together to oust the farmer in Orwell’s 1945 classic, only to find themselves under Napoleon the power-hungry pig. Funny enough, Lulu (voiced by Kate McKinnon of Saturday Night Live) stages her rebellion by using the orange Kryptonite to give herself (and, unknown to Lulu, the other shelter animals) superpowers when Ace informs the animals about the fabled farm in DC League of Super-Pets. The animals are now all equal, just as in Orwell’s book.
To further the allusion, Lulu then kidnaps the Justice League in order to topple the metaphorical “farmer” and releases Luthor, whom she intends to reign with her. However, her strategy backfires when Luthor treats her more like a test subject than a classmate. By the time of the last fight, Lulu has captured Lex Luthor, her master, and has started to reign tyrannically, much like Napoleon did after banishing the pig leader Snowball and farmer Jones from Animal Farm.
DC League of Super-Pets is primarily a children’s film, therefore the movie concludes with the Super-Pets triumphant and appealing to the PG-rated audience. But when Luthor’s aide saves Lulu in the DC League of Super-Pets mid-credits sequence, the film expertly concludes its allusion to Animal Farm by forging an alliance between them that echoes Napoleon’s cooperation with nearby human farmers at the conclusion of Orwell’s book. But whereas DC League of Super-Pets is probably simply making way for a super Solar-Paw-Punch sequel, Animal Farm finishes sharply and romantically with Napoleon on top as a cautionary story of corrupt leadership.