|Robot Chicken DC Comics Special|
|Written by||Matthew Beans|
|Directed by||Seth Green|
Neil Patrick Harris
|Narrated by||Kevin Shinick|
|Production companies||DC Entertainment|
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Sony Pictures Television
Warner Bros. Animation
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original release||September 10, 2012|
|Preceded by||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III|
|Followed by||Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise|
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special is an episode of the television comedy series Robot Chicken and it was aired as a one-off special during Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on September 10, 2012.[a]
A DC Universe special, in collaboration with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Voice actors are Seth Green as Batman, Robin and Aquaman, Paul Reubens as the Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Breckin Meyer as Superman, and Kevin Shinick as the narrator. Cast also includes Abraham Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, Matthew Senreich, Aaron Paul, Steven Tyler, Tom Root, and Zeb Wells. It was followed by the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise, which premiered April 6, 2014.
List of sketches
Certain segments recurred throughout the special including "That's Bane!" (where Bane sneaks up behind Batman and breaks his back) and "Real Characters from the DC Universe" (featuring characters you wouldn't suspect exist in the DC Universe) as well as subplots including Glenn from the Hall of Doom's mailroom and Aquaman's turn from being part of the Justice League of America to joining the Legion of Doom, plus Lex Luthor getting hit in the head by a kickball.
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special was released on DVD and Blu-ray, on July 9, 2013.
The logo for the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special is a modification of that for the Super Powers Collection.
The opening sequence of the special parodies that of the Challenge of the Super Friends albeit with the Legion of Doom substituted with Robot Chicken original characters Chicken, Mad Scientist, Nerd, Humping Robot, Composite Santa, Gummy Bear, the Unicorn, and Bitch Puddin'.
Most of the figures used for the special are from the Mego World's Greatest Superheroes!, Mattel DC Universe Classics, and EMCE Toys/Mattel DC Retro Action Superheroes toylines. Brainiac and Lex Luthor would see both DC Universe Classics and DC Retro Action Superheroes versions (though, of course, the DC Retro Action Superheroes Brainiac figure was an original piece).
The graphic for the "Real Characters from the DC Universe" is very similar to the Challenge of the Super Friends title graphic.
The Hall of Justice is from the Super Powers Collection but is white rather than yellow to be in line with its appearance in Super Friends.
The use of Mister Freeze, Captain Cold, Icicle, and Chillblaine as a group of cold-themed villains is an ongoing theme from DC Comics seeing previous versions including a team-up by Captain Cold, Icicle, and Minister Blizzard in Justice League of America #139 (February 1977), the Cold Warriors in Justice League Adventures #12 (December 2002), the Ice Pack in Super Friends #16 (August 2009), and Icicle, Icicle Jr, Mr. Freeze, Captain Cold, and Killer Frost in Young Justice "Terrors".