‘Robot Chicken’ Takes on the Justice League

By: Jase Peeples

Newsarama reports fans of Adult Swim and DC Comics will be getting a double dose of geeky goodness when the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special airs on Cartoon Network this fall.

In the style of Robot Chicken Star Wars, this distinctive episode of the popular stop-motion series will dedicate a full 22 minutes to the characters of the DC Universe. However, don’t expect this super-powered adventure to be like any you’ve ever seen before. Robot Chicken co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich promise this special will deliver the over-the-top craziness fans have come to expect from the Emmy-winning Adult Swim series. In fact, they were surprised how much they “got away with.”

“We pushed the envelope,” said Senreich. “And everyone at DC was supportive of the whole process. We kept waiting for the ‘no’ to come, and it never did.”

"The story is really simple," said Green. "Aquaman gets exhausted by being shit on by the rest of the Justice League and decides to take matters into his own hands and join the Legion of Doom. What we like to do in Robot Chicken is take all the things that are outrageous and fantastic, and then superimpose the mundane and the normal over them. So you've got something as outrageous as the Legion of Doom, but nobody talks about the inter-office politicking. We like to take the things that people most relate to in their regular lives and show them how similar that is to their heroes."

Comic book fans will be excited to hear writer, and DC Entertainment executive, Geoff Johns participated in writing the Special, giving the episode some series geek cred. "I love writing comedy, so this is an opportunity to do nothing but comedy," Johns said. "It's a totally different writing process because it's sketches. So coming in and doing that is really fun. Just thinking of jokes and looking at these characters through a different lens. Everyone in Robot Chicken is different from the one we've got in the comics. This is Robot Chicken, and if you've seen the show, you know what I'm talking about. So I'm working with characters that I already work with, but in a different way.

The Special will also feature an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, and Tara Strong as Harley Quinn.

“We're hoping this is the first special of many more to come," Johns said. "We probably already have enough material for a whole second Special. And hopefully, we'll be able to get there."

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