Okay, not literally the 70s cartoon that only children and stoners could love, but the talent behind the stop-motion animated “Robot Chicken” — namely Seth Green and Matthew Senreich — will join forces with a few DC Comics creators to produce a 22-minute DC-themed special, ala the earlier successful and so-much-better-than-“Family Guy” Star Wars episodes. (Emmy statues don’t always lie, people.) I haven’t actively watched “Robot Chicken” for a few years, coinciding fairly perfectly with graduating college and getting a real job, but I’ve never not laughed out loud while watching it. As a pure joke delivery system, it’s pretty hard to top. But as a comic book
aficionado nerd fancier, I’m intrigued by the possibility that the special could somehow fit into the DC universe continuity, whatever that means anymore.
This announcement comes a day after FOX announced their own Adult Swim-like plans for a late Saturday night Animation Domination, with the freshly adapted “Axe Cop” as their marquee title. With a cast including Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens as The Riddler, Neil “NPH” Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred “Doc Ock” Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan “Cap’n Mal” Fillion as the Green Lantern, Megan “Is A” Fox as Lois Lane, Breckin “That Guy From That Thing” Meyer as Superman, and “Oz Himself” Green as Batman and Robin, I’d say they have a bit of a leg up on the generating tangible excitement part. If you’re wondering, no, you won’t have to choose between the two as it looks like the DC-ified “Robot Chicken” will air sometime this Fall rather than in January 2013.
Until then, we can always enjoy clips from previous “Robot Chicken” episodes that featured Batman, Superman, and all the rest. Admittedly, I’d forgotten how often Green and co. used the characters in the past, but comic books have an endless supply of joke fodder, so I’m sure the special will be just fine. Happy Thursday!
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He also really likes this clip, but there are Marvel characters in it, and I’d hate for those fans to mingle too much.