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

Carla Harmon
December 1, 2019

Another person wrote, according to Variety: "The black clothes represent Hong Kong, the mask represents Hong Kong, the Molotov cocktail represents Hong Kong, what else here doesn't represent Hong Kong???" The reason behind its elimination was that it was claimed by Chinese critics that the artwork showed support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

People on Weibo, the popular Chinese social media platform, said Batwoman's throwing a Molotov cocktail symbolized Hong Kong protesters doing the same, Variety reported.

The former British colony is meant to enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" under the terms of its 1997 handover from the United Kingdom, but the Chinese government regards Hong Kong as part of China.

Most comic authors work on a contract basis, which means they do not have to adapt to the company that buys their work.

DC offends China with its new Batman poster!

The poster was released ahead of the release of "Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child", which will be released on December 11, 2019.

They also said the fact that Batwoman is wearing black and has her face covered shows support for Hong Kong demonstrators.

The comments also suggested that, since Batman is wearing black (as do the Hong Kong protestors), that that too was evidence of DC Comics alluding to support for Hong Kong. Frank Miller is the author of the comic book, whose original Dark Knight Returns comic developed Batman in the 1980s, and was inspired by the recent movie version of the character.

Batman, of course, typically wears a black suit (though some iterations have been shades of blue or purple).

"DC has surrendered to China", wrote Twitter user @emotion_att, whose profile contains a pro-Hong Kong hashtag.

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 United States and among supporters of the pro-democracy movement.

The NBA got into controversy with China in early October after the Houston Rockets general manager tweeted his support for the demonstrators in Hong Kong.

DC Comics pulled the cover and then, of course, came under fire for capitulating to Chinese censors, who have been looking to scrub any far-fetched mention of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong from the internet.

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