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Keanu Reeves is Batman in DC League of Super-Pets, and the Internet is here for it

If there are two absolute laws of popular culture that we know to be true, they are firstly that everyone loves Batman, and secondly that everyone loves Keanu Reeves. Batman is the most popular DC hero when it comes to the big screen, and with the successful opening weekend of The Batman it is clear that no one is tired of him yet. Plus, everyone loves Keanu Reeves no matter what he does, and so Keanu Reeves playing Batman must be some sort of pop culture oddity.

And yet, that is exactly where we are. Along with the release of The Batman we also have a new trailer for the next one DC League of Super Pets movie, and the animated comedy has revealed that its Batman will be voiced by John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves. It goes without saying, Twitter is now very excited.

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Keanu Reeves is probably the biggest Hollywood star who has yet to be part of a major superhero franchise, and while that doesn’t really matter, it’s a bit of a joke. Keanu’s appearance in the trailer gives us a “dark and brooding” Batman, but one that plays him so directly it becomes comedy. It’s not the first time we’ve seen Batman treated like this for a laugh, but there’s something about this brief look that makes it even better.

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Keanu Reeves has a unique voice so we don’t even really need to tell him that the League of Super Animals Batman is Keanu. As soon as he speaks, it is clear who he is talking about. And as soon as you hear it, you realize how perfect he is as Batman, especially as the one who’s allowed to be funny. The trailer shows Batman, alongside Kevin Hart’s animal persona, basically trying to traumatize himself, and it’s amazing.

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But of course, the biggest thing that could come out if Keanu Reeves is Batman in League of Super Animals maybe a lot more people are talking about League of Super Animals now than before. The film already looked funny, with a strong voice cast led by Dwayne Johnson as Superman’s dog, Krypto, but a lot of people are clearly much more interested in this movie with the addition of Keanu than they were before.

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Ultimately, the film is about the titular Super-Pets, so the actual significance of Keanu’s role as Batman is far from clear, but fans are obviously excited to see it. Between Robert Pattinson’s new film and the several versions of Batman that we expect to see in the flashwe already knew this was going to be a very busy year for bats, but when you add Keanu Reeves to this list, you’re going to make a lot of people more than willing to accept one more Batman.