(WARNING: The following contains a handful of screenshots from this past weekend's episode of Teen Titans Go!, as well as some discussion of their context. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise.)
Now, #TeenTitansGo may not feature the persistent narratives or dramatic elements that have characterized the #DC animated series that have come before it, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming a surprisingly smart and often (gently) satirical show, filled with deeply nerdy comic book Easter Eggs. The latest such nods to the wider world of DC, though, might just be the shows most intriguing yet. Y'see...
Teen Titans Go Is Now Officially Trolling The DCEU (With Easter Eggs)
Specifically, this past weekend's episode of the show, "TV Knight," featured a trip to the ever-iconic bat-cave, and Teen Titans Go made sure to take full advantage of the location. Some of the Easter Eggs were tougher to miss than others — like, for instance, the cunning nod to Alan Moore's #Watchmen, the legendary comic book series that was recently incorporated into the mainstream DC universe by the #DCRebirth event. The sight gag that appeared alongside that series' bloody yellow badge, though, was a little more controversial:
Yup, that's right. Not only did Teen Titans Go feature a giant coin version of General Zod, but it did so in a fashion that references (and seems to quietly judge) #ManOfSteel's infamous neck-breaking scene. Which is neat and all, but seems to vaguely suggest that the folks behind Go are just as prone to goofing around about the #DCEU as the rest of us.
The neatest piece of DCEU-oriented snark, though, was a little more hidden, with a close inspection of a certain Dark Knight's phone revealing that he has two Marthas stored in there.
Which is actually kind of sweet, when you think about it, especially since Batman apparently doesn't have a whole lot of other contacts in his phone. Except, of course, for the fact that it seems to imply that he keeps his dead mother's cell phone number programmed into his phone. Either that, or he's dating someone named Martha W, and didn't think it was worth storing her full name to avoid confusion with, y'know, his mother. Which is arguably much, much weirder.
Still want more Easter Eggs, though? Like, say, a nod to Star Wars in this week's Westworld? Or how about a reminder of that time The Powerpuff Girls hung out with the Titans?
In the meantime, though, what do you think? Are there any other great Teen Titans Go Easter eggs that we've missed? Let us know below!