Folks who caught DC’s early screening of Teen Titans GO! To the Movies at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday walked away from the Horton Grand Theatre talking about how much they enjoyed the reportedly smart, lighthearted film (and you can read all about the positive early buzz over at our roundup). They also came away chattering about some of its unexpected delights — including an inside meta-joke in which Lee pops up to lend his voice in a pair of cameo appearances that take direct, if silly, aim at his cameos in that other cinematic universe.
**Spoiler Alert! There are spoilers for Teen Titans GO! To the Movies below.**
“This is Stan Lee — dig my subtle cameo! This is a DC movie? I gotta get outta here!” Lee says, via Variety’s positive review. Near the movie’s end, he reportedly shows back up once more, this time throwing caution to the wind, unconcerned with which cinematic universe he’s inhabiting.
When a movie aimed at children is meta enough to star Nicolas Cage as the voice of Superman, it’s fair to say that poking good-natured fun at comic book movie tropes is a big part of its setup. SDCC screeners describe GO! (based on the Teen Titans GO! Cartoon Network show) as a mixture of Deadpool’s winking, fourth-wall-breaking snark and the many recent kid-friendly films that’ve taken a more self-aware approach to riffing on old formulas.
Starring Cage, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Jimmy Kimmel, and of course Lee — Mister Marvel himself — Teen Titans GO! To The Movies is slated to bring the funny to theaters everywhere beginning July 27. Oh, and if enough people go see it, Warner Bros. reportedly might even consider reviving the original Teen Titans — the beloved series that got it all started when it aired on Cartoon Network back in the mid-2000s.