Robot Chicken's DC Comics special

Aquaman has always been the Rodney Dangerfield of superheroes but he's finally getting some respect — from Robot Chicken! The waterlogged DC Comics legend will be royally skewered, along with his Justice League pals Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, in Adult Swim's Robot Chicken DC Comics Special (Sunday, Sept. 9 at midnight/11c). The special kicks off the Emmy-winning show's sixth season. To commemorate the madcap occasion, DC Comics is issuing a special Robot Chicken variant cover of Aquaman No. 12 (on sale August 29 at comic book stores), and TV Guide Magazine has the exclusive first look!

"This is the last thing I ever thought we'd put on an Aquaman cover because it's such a bizarre collision of worlds but I think it's one of the best covers we've ever done...I just love the look on Superman's face!" says DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who writes the monthly comic and worked closely with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich on the special. (Johns also wrote for Robot Chicken during Season 4.) "Aquaman will play a pretty big role in the show," promises Johns. "In fact, the title could just as easily be How Aquaman Got His Groove Back!"

There is no actual Robot Chicken content inside Aquaman No. 12. "Our plot is deadly serious," notes Johns. "It's part 2 of our story 'The Others,' where we find out Aquaman belonged to an entirely different team of heroes before he joined Justice League. Now someone is picking off his old partners, one by one, and it all ties into his archenemy Black Manta. The story reveals a much darker side of Aquaman and what Atlantis was really all about."

Johns credits George Lucas' willingness to be roasted in three Robot Chicken Star Wars specials with helping open the door at DC. "We may have been a little more conservative in the past but this idea got approved very quickly," says Johns. "I mean, why not do it? Aquaman is a very easy character to have fun with. I think the fans are going to love it."

Green certainly does. "This DC special is my favorite thing we've ever done," says the actor-mogul. "It's the first production from our new studio [Stoopid Buddy Stoodios] and everything just worked — the writing really came together and we got an incredible cast." Ya think? The special features Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Paul Reubens as The Riddler, Nathon Fillion as Green Lantern and Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, with renaissance man Green doing triple duty as Batman, Robin and Aquaman.

Look for more deets from Green on the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special in the Sept. 3 issue of TV Guide Magazine.

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