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DC's Super-Pets Movie Arrives Online Way Sooner Than Expected

DC Super-Pets Movie
By Richard Nebens

As Warner Bros. continues to work through its merger with Discovery, the company still has plenty of releases to promote and put through their theatrical runs. Most recently, the company ended July with a unique animated project from the DC Universe in DC League of Super-Pets, bringing an incredible voice cast together to play DC's biggest heroes and their powerful animal companions.

This animated movie comes as the second of three DC theatrical releases this year after The Batman and before Black Adam, all while Warner Bros. Discovery completely revamps its strategy with the DC Universe. League of Super-Pets also gave fans just a tease of the Justice League after they made a small cameo in Peacemaker in March 2022, continuing to raise questions about what that team's future looks like.

And now, that future gets even more confusing thanks to the latest news surroudnig League of Super-Pets, indicating that it will arrive via home release faster than anybody expected.

Super-Pets Movie Releasing Digitally Soon

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Warner Bros. unveiled an official press release for the animated DC League of Super-Pets, confirming that it will be available for home viewing sooner than expected.

The release confirms that the Super-Pets movie will arrive "for Premium Digital Ownership at home on [Tuesday] August 23," with its Blu-ray and DVD release coming on October 4. The home release date comes less than a month after the movie was initially released in theaters, with its worldwide premiere date having arrived on July 29:

Along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Krypto the Super-Dog, the film also boasts other impressive names like Kevin Hart, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' John Krasinski, and Star Wars: Andor's Diego Luna.

League of Super-Pets will be available for home purchase at a $24.99 USD price tag, with a 48-hour rental via PVOD coming at a $19.99 USD price:

"On August 23, DC League of Super-Pets will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies. On October 4, DC League of Super-Pets will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. DC League of Super-Pets will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers."

The synopsis for the movie recaps the friendship between Johnson's Krypto and Krasinski's Superman before the Man of Steel and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, leading to a rescue mission by their pets: 

"In DC League of Super-Pets, Krypto the Super-Dog (Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski) 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 (Kevin Hart), PB the potbellied pig (Vanessa Bayer), Merton the turtle (Natasha Lyonne) and Chip the squirrel (Diego Luna)—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes."

The digital and Blu-ray releases will also include more than a dozen special features, including tutorials on how to draw the leading animals and a featurette on the all-star cast of voices:

"DC League of Super-Pets Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:

  • How to Draw Krypto
  • Behind the Super Voices
  • Super-Pets Animation 101
  • Find the Easter Eggs
  • The World of Super-Pets
  • Deleted Scenes

DC League of Super-Pets 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features:

  • How to Draw Krypto
  • Behind the Super Voices
  • Super-Pets Animation 101
  • Find the Easter Eggs
  • The World of Super-Pets
  • Deleted Scenes"

A WBD spokesman noted with TV Line in early August that the company's home media/streaming release strategy will change following the company merger. This unexpectedly early home media release of League of Super-Pets could be a true sign of change under this new regime.

DC Movies Changing Strategy With WBD Merger?

With only about three and a half weeks between the theatrical and at-home release for DC League of Super-Pets, questions are popping up regarding what the future looks like for Warner Bros. Discovery.

This is an abnormally short timeframe between those milestones, especially for an animated movie, which would normally have a more extended theatrical run before being available to stream or watch at home. On the Disney side of things, movies from the modern era have usually had at least a couple of months on the big screen before moving to an in-home option, although there have also been a few straight-to-streaming instances as well.

Due to the fact that so much is still unknown regarding WBD's plans for releases, franchising, and more within the DC Universe, this strategy could signal a change of pace from what the studio has done in the past. Whether it be for financial reasons or public perception is still a mystery, but hopefully, the general picture will become clearer as this year moves closer to its end.

DC League of Super-Pets will be available for home viewing on Tuesday, August 23.


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