An upcoming DC Comics cover featuring Batman is under controversy. As soon as DC Comics realised that the cover is catching fire for all the wrong reasons, they deleted it. But the move became attracted more controversies than the poster itself.
DC Comics took down the poster for their upcoming Batman project ‘The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child’ from all over the internet. All this was the result of major backlash received from Chinese commentators who pointed out that the Batman poster seemed in support of the ongoing Hong Kong protests.
The Golden Child will be the story of Jonathan Kent (Superman and Wonder Woman’s son)
As DC fans wait for the book, Frank Miller’s Batman is stuck in controversy just like many others before him.
Why so serious?
Why are the Chinese not liking the new Batman poster? The answer needs a vast explanation. So, the poster in question features Batman throwing a Molotov cocktail with the letters ‘The Future is Young’ in pink letters in the background. The whole imagery, according to the Chinese, is in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. But there are other reasons too.
According to Variety, the Chinese are complaining that the mere use of the cocktail that Batman is throwing pictures and supports the violent acts by Hong Kong protestors. Not only this but Batman’s black suit is the final nail in the coffin as it hints at the choice of clothing of the protestors.
Is Batman on Hong Kong’s payroll or it is just a vague coincidence?
One can argue whether DC Comics were really trying to support the Hong Kong pro-democratic protests. But that would be a long shot. All the connections that are being pointed out seemed deliberately fitted in. DC Comics were just out of luck, it seems. With their timing, they got stuck in the quicksand of vague symbolisms. As soon as they realised their timing was off, they put ‘The Golden Child’ poster down from every last social media account they own.
But sadly it opened doors to even more criticism.
All for the love of Money
With a huge base of their fans based out of China, DC Comic gave in to deliberately planted backlash without second thoughts. Surely, they had not shown support to the Hong Kong pro-democratic protests with ‘The Golden Child’s poster. But on the other hand, they would have lost a huge audience had they not complied with the censorship rules of China.
That raises the question whether DC Comics will lose Batman’s identity just to please audiences money into their pockets? Whether this is good for the business or not is arguable with various points of view. But it sure is hurtful for the DC Comics’ and Batman’s fans.