Author Dav Pilkey attends the premiere of "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles, California, May 21, 2017.
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Cool it, Caped Crusader. There's a new superhero in town – and he doesn't need tights. Captain Underpants may not be as fast as a speeding bullet or as strong as a locomotive but Pilkey's unconventional superhero has managed to shift 80 million copies across 12 stories since 1997, delighting children across the world in 20 languages.Ed Helms ("The Hangover") starts out as Principal Krupp, a repressed, angry man who hates laughter, singing and George and Harold most of all. Krupp periodically turns into Captain Underpants, a well-meaning but delusional train wreck of an alter ego who does the wrong things for the right reasons, all while bellowing out his nonsensical "Tra-La Laaaa!" catchphrase.The movie's confident subtitle would suggest a franchise and Helms, 43, said he would love to still be playing the character when he turns 80 .
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