It upcoming film Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is aiming for some meta humor, with its first trailer making some jokes about the DC Extended Universe.
Based on the Teen Titans Go! TV show on Cartoon Network, the film will star Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven as they go to Hollywood and try to get their own movie, thus proving that they are a legitimate superhero team.
If that synopsis wasn’t meta enough, its first trailer, released on January 10, begins with Robin addressing the audience and assuring them that it is not costumes or powers that make a great hero—it’s getting your own movie. As he is talking, his teammates show up, all of them, male or female, wearing Wonder Woman costumes. They all sing her praises and admit they she inspires people… unlike them, who do not.
For those not following the DCEU, Wonder Woman has been a fan favorite since she showed up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and her solo film is the only one which has won the approval of both critics and audiences. It could also be read as a response to how she was played up more in the marketing of Justice League as a result.
The DCEU nods continue at the very end, where we see a certain Atlantean king standing with a dolphin as the narrator says “Because if Aquaman can get a movie… anyone can.” His film is currently in post-production and comes out December 21, a few months after Teen Titans Go! to the Movie’s July 27 release.
Though a divisive show, all this suggests that the TTG movie may have a bit of clever humor for its detractors to enjoy.