When you take the kids to watch DC League of Super-Pets this weekend, or, more likely, during the school holidays, you’ll be pleased to know there are a bunch of gags aimed at adults.
It’s a superhero satire, after all.
Adults will also get more of a thrill out of the voice cast, which includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Superman’s super-powered pooch, Krypto.
The film centres on Krypto, who accompanied the Man of Steel when he travelled across the galaxy to Earth from Krypton when he was a little bub.
Krypto loves his life fighting supervillains alongside his master, but his existence is suddenly thrown into chaos.
Not by a dastardly Lex Luthor plot, but Superman’s growing affection for Lois Lane, which sparks feelings of jealousy.
Lane is voiced by Olivia Wilde, and we know how drama follows her around.
Making matters even worse is the arrival of a psychotic and hairless guinea pig, Lulu (Kate McKinnon), that has gained super-abilities through contact with a meteorite made of orange kryptonite.
To overcome this weird but deadly adversary, the hero dog must overcome a sudden loss of superpowers, as well as a long-standing inability to play well with others, and team up with a bunch of rescue animals, led by Ace, a tough-talking but mostly harmless boxer dog voiced by Kevin Hart.
Hart was born to play a dog whose bark is worse than his bite, but the real scene-stealer is the one and only Keanu Reeves, who makes an all-to-brief cameo as Batman.
Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds.
But if you listen carefully you’ll also hear a couple of familiar Aussie accents, which is part of a studio marketing plan to recast two guinea pigs with local actors in the different regions the film is being released in.
Down Under, those guinea pigs are voiced by Bondi Vet’s Dr Chris Brown and his I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! co-host, Julia Morris.
To be sure, it’s a small role, but it didn’t stop the duo from taking it very seriously.
“Well, obviously, having Australia’s premier vet at my disposal, I got to find out loads about guinea pigs,” Morris tells The West Australian over a video call with her co-star.
“And I think we both know what my personal highlight was.”
“They have a little quirk that you need to be a little careful with if you want to go full method (acting) — they eat their own poop quite regularly,” Dr Chris quips.
“(Humans) are the only species who have a funny thing (eating your own faeces). Every other animal is mad for it, look at dogs; dogs are always eating it.”
“I wait for mine to go white and powdery,” Morris deadpans.
As you can gather by now, Dr Chris and Morris are well suited to satire, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a twinge of disappointment for the former when DC Comics initially called.
“As someone who was born with a comic-book jaw, you kind of think this is the call you’ve waited your whole life for, they’ve discovered Superman’s Australian cousin,” Dr Chris admits.
“You think that’s where the career is heading, and then they inform you that you’re a guinea pig.”
For Morris, the dream DC character casting is not who you might expect.
“100 per cent Batman,” she asserts.
“He’s rich, and so he just does it because he likes it; he has the best outfit — the cape’s amazing — the car’s amazing, and if Robin is still a thing, you get a pal as well.
“He’s also got a very, very efficient executive assistant, you get lots of weapons — I mean, it’s not going to get any better than that.”