The DC Animated Universe can be a pretty serious place. Shows like Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited can be pretty heartbreaking, even bleak at times. But part of what makes those programs so rewatchable is that they always managed to lighten the mood a little -- even if it meant bending or breaking a few rules here and there.
One of the most infamous examples has to be this exchange between Flash and Hawkgirl in the original Justice League series.
It's bad enough that the Birds of Prey sang a song about Flash's sexual inadequacy, but now he's even getting guff from his co-workers. Let's be fair: If Flash is having sex with a woman at supersonic speed, her cervix is going to catch fire from friction burns way before he prematurely ejaculates.
As we learned on the last page, sometimes it pays to pay attention to the backgrounds. Like in this episode of Superman: The Animated Series, where Lobo is seen exiting a bar called the "Steaming Load."
If you claim to not understand the reference, well, that's shit.
By the time Justice League Unlimited rolled around, this version of the DCAU had grown up with its audience. Still, no matter how mature the show was, it's surprising that this got cleared for broadcast:
Green Arrow openly admits that he was just thinking about having sex with Black Canary -- to her face! Granted, she seems pretty into it, but that conversation is about as sexually charged as Bogey and Bacall talking about horseracing. Ask your parents about that one, kids.
As seen in Dexter's Lab, a popular method of censor-avoidance involves an establishing shot with seemingly filthy dialogue, followed by a reveal that absolutely nothing unsavory is going on. Let Lex Luthor give us another example.
There's subtlety, and then there's writing a line so ridiculous it can't be seen as anything else other than cartoon lunacy.
Look at what we've seen so far. If you think that this evil alien grandma wearing a cape and underwear outside her pants isn't talking about masturbation, you're pretty naive.
Sometimes the DCAU gets a little too obscene for its own good. This scene from Batman Beyond in particular is so explicit in its meaning that it was retroactively censored for re-broadcasts.
Apparently nobody, Nash! Nobody on this after-school cartoon show is talking about anything other than teenagers having sex.
The obvious obscenity eventually got to a point that even the characters within the cartoon started commenting on it. The best example being this scene from the emotional A-bomb known as JLU's "Epilogue" episode. In the distant future, an elderly Amanda Waller tells Terry McGinnis that he's a clone of Bruce Wayne. How did she get the biological material necessary to make another Batman? We'll let her explain it.
Look Amanda, none of us were thinking about Batman spraying his jizz all over the streets of Gotham until you brought it up. And now it's your fault that it's all I can think about.