It may seem hard to believe, but "Robot Chicken" — Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's lightning fast pop culture sketch show made completely with mismatched action figures — has been around for 10 years. It's even hard for Green to comprehend, which is probably why he generally avoids doing that.
"I don't think we spend a lot of time reflecting on it, except when we're having socials with the crews and whatnot," Green says. "The whole goal with the studio was to create a place where it was possible to make our own stuff and collaborate with people that we liked and earn a wage while making things we're not embarrassed about. We really just focus on the thing that's made us successful, which is making stuff that makes us laugh, working as hard as we can to do the kinds of things that we want to exist — always focusing on entertaining ourselves."
Part of that job of entertaining themselves includes their annual specials with DC Comics, the third of which debuts Sunday. In “Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship,” Green and Co. explore a much different take on "Batman v. Superman," with much more comic results that we can expect from next year's film.
"Our favorite thing about the DC Universe is you can really do whatever you want. These characters are in so many different forms without competing with each other," he explains. And part of doing whatever they wanted included roping in Adam West and Burt Ward to voice their versions of Batman and Robin. "I wrote Burt Ward a letter. We were like, 'No dude, we love you. Please come. We'll make you look awesome. Your puppet is going to be ripped,'" Green says.
They also get to introduce one of the stranger footnotes in DC history: Composite Superman, an alien that takes the form of a 50-50 split between Batman and Superman. "I had seen that character in comics and thought it was just the dumbest character on the planet. Why would an alien come here and say, 'I've taken the form of the nation's two greatest superheroes, only one of which has superpowers'? What does that mean? That this one side is just wholly fallible?" Green asks.
Ten years of pop culture mockery leads to one odd development Green hadn't seen coming, he admits: becoming a part of the cultural landscape themselves. "We've had this weird reality where our comedic interpretation of this stuff has become the stuff itself. We've met a lot of parents that are introducing their kids to iconography that we got when we were kids through our self-reflective interpretation of it, and it's kind of corrupting the culture in a really interesting way," he says.
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