DC Bends the Knee to China by Removing 'Controversial' Batman Image

Brenda Watkins
December 1, 2019

Still, some Chinese fans said that was not sufficient, since the publisher had allowed the Batman posters to stay up long enough for netizens to download them and had not offered any apologies.

The image has since been deleted from DC's social media, although supporters of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong have continued to complain about the removal on its Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The image shared on Instagram showed the Caped Crusader throwing a Molotov cocktail, with the words: "The future is young" written in the background.

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The image has since been deleted from DC's social media pages, which has sparked controversy all over again, though this time the complaints are emanating from the U.S. and among supporters of the pro-democracy movement.

Since the image was posted, Weibo and WeChat has seen a wave of negative comments about the art and there have been calls for a boycott of DC.

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"The black clothing stands for Hong Kong, the mask for Hong Kong, the Molotov cocktail for Hong Kong, which is not here for Hong Kong", wrote a critic, according to Variety on the Chinese social media service Weibo.

It was stated by some other user that no matter as to what reason was there to put an image like this up at a sensitive time means you have a death wish.

"Really disappointed", user @meigi_elf tweeted on Wednesday at DC Comics. The protests started in June over a bill that would give China the power to deliver Hong Kong citizens to the mainland, where the Chinese Communist Party has more authority to punish people who criticize the government.

"So now Batman loves money more than justice?" asked one commenter. It will be a lengthy one-shot, costing $5.99. "The protagonists discover that Lara's little brother, Jonathan Kent, might have the most formidable superpowers on Earth, hence The Golden Child subtitle", Newsweek reports.

Disney, video game company Blizzard, and DC's comics rival Marvel, have all come under fire for adjusting works of fiction to fit the tastes of Chinese censors.

China has proven itself to be an increasingly valuable market to Hollywood production studios, including DC Comics' parent company Warner Bros.

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