Time to wrap up another DC-Ember with the most bizarre and most strangest thing based off a DC property ever…and trust me, that’s saying a lot, The Adventures Of Superpup:
Oh god….this…..this was a hard one to sit through.
First, let’s go over the reason to why this even exist. The Adventures of Superpup, a 1958 unaired pilot, was meant to capitalize on the success of Adventures of Superman. Superpup featured the first television portrayal of the Superman characters as non-humans.
Television producer Whitney Ellsworth created a pilot that placed the Superman mythos into a fictional universe populated by dogs instead of human beings. The live-action actors were placed in dog-suits to portray the canine versions of the characters of Superman. The pilot was filmed on the same set as The Adventures of Superman, and the characters were portrayed by little people. Whitney Ellsworth later produced The Adventures of Superboy television pilot.
The Clark Kent character was renamed “Bark Bent”, who worked for the Daily Bugle (not to be confused with Peter Parker’s workplace) under editor “Terry Bite”. His co-worker was reporter “Pamela Poodle”. Superpup/Bark Bent was played by actor Billy Curtis, who was also in Superman and the Mole Men with George Reeves.
In the pilot, Pamela Poodle is the victim of the evil Professor Sheepdip, who has tied her to a rocket that will be launched into space. Superpup must save her.
First of all, Bark Bent? Bark….Bent???? Remember that episode of The Simpsons they did where they showed a cartoon called Danger Dog:
Yeah, they were basically paroding this right here because my god, of all the names you could’ve went with for your Clark Kent dog character and you went with Bark friggin’ Bent? This is that kind of thing that exists, folks.
Where do you even begin with how wrong this is? The names are bad enough but the puppetry and the costumes. I mean, good lord, these are some really bad puppets and costumes they worked with. Hell, you can’t even see any of them moving their lips, that’s how bad this is.
It also doesn’t help that the story is generic as all hell, the hero fights the bad guy for the damsel in distress…I mean, how generic and lazy can you get with a story.
The acting is laughably horrendous, it’s obvious that these are 40 year old actors trying to sound more kiddie like, how about you actually get some kids to play the voices instead of these obviously older actors and it’s clear these are little people playing the characters underneath the costumes and the characters just come off as looking too uncomfortable, like the people underneath the costumes have no air ventilation in their costumes whatsoever.
Folks, this is just as bad as you would think it was. There was a reason why I was building this up for over a year because it’s just as bad and just as horrendous as I’ve been making it out to be. The only thing I will give it a little credit for is that it was intended solely for kids but at the same time, The Adventures Of Superman series was intended for kids too and that had more dignity and love for the character than this cashgrab did so…no, I won’t give this any credit. This is the absolute worst thing DC has had its’ name attached to and trust me, I’ve been doing DC-Ember now for four years now, that is saying a lot and what a better way to end this DC-Ember around. Until next year, everybody.