If you had told someone a few years ago that virtually the entire Justice League would appear in a film with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Olivia Wilde, Kate McKinnon, and others and include Keanu Reeves as Batman and John Krasinski as Superman, they may have asked if you were okay.
The weekend is rapidly approaching, with DC League of Super-Pets arriving in theaters this weekend, where the family-friendly animated superhero film hopes to take a big bite out of the box office. It certainly checks all of the boxes, combining superhero spectacle with an A-list cast in a package that has been gaining decent if unspectacular early notices.
While Reeves’ casting as Batman is amazing, many fans have been holding on to his statements that he’d always wanted to play the character in live action. In an interview with ScreenRant, director Jared Stern said that the action hero is more than capable of doing it in both genres.
“Then Keanu Reeves’ voice was just such a perfect match for that, I think he would have been a great live-action Batman, but he’s wonderful as our animated haunted Batman and, most importantly, for our movie. I think he’s a guy who could really use a pet. And he really had fun with it. I’m nervous to direct wonderful, amazing actors who I’ve loved my whole life and I think he was he was so excited to be Batman. When you work in an animated movie, it kind of makes you a kid again, and to be Batman, it was pretty fun.”
Living in a world where Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, and Robert Pattinson are all playing Batman at the same time is already strange enough; however, it isn’t as if we need another live-action addition to the stacked DCEU lineup, no matter how incredible it would be to witness.