FOCUSING ON Wonder Woman has been the strongest recent move for the DC film universe. Now, the Incredibles are rolling out a similar strategy.
We “need to change people’s perceptions about superheroes,” telecom mogul and huge superhero supporter Winston Deavor (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) tells the family at the center of the film, “and Elastigirl is our best play.”
And with that, the trailer for Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” that arrived Friday reveals just how much Elastigirl/Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) will be front and center, as the movie’s creators and the characters in it seem to recognize the appeal of turning the central spotlight toward a female superhero.
When we last left the Parr family in 2004’s Oscar-winning “The Incredibles,” it was Dad, Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), who felt called to return to superhero life. Now, his sense of identity is tested again as he becomes a stay-at-home-dad while “Mom’s new job” means that his wife gets the adrenaline rushes and the glory.
But as the trailer essentially asks: Can even the mighty Elastigirl be stretched too thin?
“It’s crazy,” Mom says. “To help my family, I’ve got to leave it. To fix the law, I’ve got to break it.”
The sequel, which opens June 15, returns daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell), elder son Dash (now voiced by Huck Milner) and younger son Jack-Jack, as well as Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and Edna Mode (Brad Bird).
Pixar also revealed a quick early look at “Bao,” the animated short — telling the tale of a baby dumpling come to life — that will run in theaters ahead of “Incredibles 2.”