10 Other Movies & Television Series Featuring Krypto

The highly anticipated DC League of Super Pets was recently released in theaters, marking the return of the canine-superhero Krypto to the spotlight. Traditionally a Kryptonian dog sent off the doomed planet by Superman’s parents as a test run for Kal-El’s voyage who later crashes to Earth and becomes Superman’s pet and partner in crimefighting, Krypto has featured in many DC stories across film and television.

If the character’s appearance in the new movie has piqued one’s interest, there’s plenty of other media to check out the Superdog in.


The Adventures Of Superboy (1966 – 1669)

Krypto’s first foray onto the screen came in a series of six-minute cartoons. The Adventures of Superboy follows a young Clark Kent, still in high school, saving the world with his heroics. Krypto was a major character in the series, always appearing by Superboy’s side and lending a helping paw in the missions.

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Several episodes centered around Krypto and saw him forced to save the day himself when Superboy was indisposed or in danger.

Justice League Unlimited (2004 – 2006)

while Justice League Unlimited had several underrated characters who played major roles throughout the series, Krypto was unfortunately not one of them.

In fact, one of Krytpo’s only appearances in the entire DC Animated Universe is as a hallucination in the Justice League Unlimited episode “For the Man Who Has Everything.” While under the effects of Black Mercy, Superman hallucinates having a family on Krypton, with Kyrpto being his son Van-El’s dog.

Krypto The Superdog (2005 – 2006)

Krypto’s most notable portrayal up until the recent DC League Of Super Pets movie was his starring role in his own self-titled animated series. Krypto the Superdog follows the adventures of the caped canine as he balances his double life as an ordinary pet of a suburban family and a crimefighting superhero.

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Krypto teams up with various other heroic talking pets throughout the series, including Streaky the Supercat and Ace the Bat-Hound, and faces off against the pets of famous DC villains such Lex Luthor and the Joker.

Smallville (2001 -2011)

Appearing in the smallville episode titled “Krypto,” Shelby is a dog that is accidentally hit by Lois Lane’s car and taken back to the Kent farm to recuperate. While there, Clark discovers that Shelby has super abilities, having been injected with Kryptonite.

Shelby helps Clark stop a series of robberies utilizing other superpowered dogs, and, Clark, his compassionate personality having taken a liking to the dog, adopts Shelby for good. Clark at one point considers naming the dog “Krypto,” but it is instead named “Shelby” after a previous dog of Martha Kent.

Batman: The Brave And The Bold (2008 – 2011)

Krypto appeared in one of the most memorable episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Battle of the Superheroes!” The episode features one of the many clashes between the two DC Comics icons, Superman and Batman, and Krypto plays a major role in the episode in the battle itself.

Superman, having turned evil due to the effects of Red Kryptonite, is taken on by the combined efforts of Batman and Krypto in an attempt to stall Superman’s reign of terror until the effects of Red Kryptonite wear off. The plan works, and Superman comes to his senses before engaging in any true destruction.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

Krypto appears in the movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. he takes an instant disliking to Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, who just recently crash-landed on Earth. Already having enough trouble adjusting to her new home, Kara is sent flying away in fear and panic as the superpowered dog chases after her.

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Superman chastises his pet and tries to reason with the overprotective Krypto that Kara is a friend who shouldn’t be attacked.

Justice League Action (2016 – 2018)

Krypto teamed up with his fellow superpowered pet, Streaky the Supercat, once again in the Justice League Action episode “Unleashed.” Left under the care of Plastic Man while the rest of the Justice League goes to thwart a Red Lantern invasion, the two animals are forced to stop the Red Lantern cat Dex-Starr from executing the true Red Lantern plan to open a Boom Tube to Earth .

Though Plastic Man is oblivious to Dex-Starr’s true nature at first, he eventually comes around and joins the two pets in saving the day.

Teen Titans Go! (2013 -)

Krypto makes several small appearances in Teen Titan Go! and its film, with his most prominent role being in “Justice League’s Next Top Talent Idol Star: Justice League Edition.” The third episode of the series is dedicated to a grand talent show featuring DC comics characters trying to prove they’re the best.

This one differs in that the Justice League competes instead of just judging the contest. Because of this Krypto and several other superpowered animals step in to act as the judges, though Krypto ends up ruining Starfire’s act when he attacks her dancing kitties.

Titans (2018 -)

Krypto appears on the extremely quotable Titansmaking his first appearance on the episode “Dick Grayson” and becoming a recurring Titans character after that. A test subject of Cadmus Laboratories, he was rescued by his fellow test subject Conner and freed from his Kryptonite cage.

This version of Krypto possesses many of the powers traditionally held by Kryptonians on Earth and helps in the Titans’ heroic efforts several times, such as when his super-bark incapacitates the villain Gizmo.

DC Super Hero Girls (2019-)

Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound appeared in the DC Super Hero Girls episode “#BeastsInShow.” Krypto and Ace, the dogs of Kara Zor-El and Barbara Gordon respectively, are entered into the Metropolis Dog Show after their two owners get into an argument over whose dog is better.

The dog show is eventually interrupted by two of Harley Quinn’s hyenas, forcing the two dogs to work together and save the day, though neither is named the winner of the competition for this feat.

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