2017 is going to be packed to the brim with superhero movies. You’ve got Wonder Woman, Logan, Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming to name but a few. But buried beneath all those massive tentpoles you’ve also got another superhero film, albeit a very different one.
We’re talking about DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants. While the titular character may not have quite as large a fanbase as some of those aforementioned heroes, there’s still a lot of people who are eagerly anticipating his big screen debut. And now, thanks to EW, we have our first look at the film – which you can check out up above.
Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s books, the adaptation will follow “George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch), two fourth graders who hypnotize their tyrannical principal (Ed Helms) into stripping down, tying a curtain around his neck, and declaring himself Earth’s newest defender.”
“[Helms] has managed to tap into the sheer stupidity of Captain Underpants,” director David Soren told EW. “He’s a delusional superhero who thinks he’s got all kinds of powers and has literally zero ability beyond just that of a middle-aged man.”
With plenty of source material to draw from (there’s 13 books in the series), we’re unsure of which stories the film will adapt, but we do know that the villain will be Professor Poopypants (voiced by Nick Kroll). Furthermore, Soren revealed that Captain Underpants won’t only use traditional CG animation, as it will also feature sequences in hand-drawn 2D and even a few scenes using sock puppets. Suffice to say, this will probably be quite different from every other superhero film coming our way next year.
Captain Underpants flies into theatres on June 2nd, 2017. Tell us, are you excited to see the hero make his big screen debut, or are you more interested in DC/Marvel’s offerings? Sound off down below and let us know!