DC faces backlash in China over Batwoman throwing a petrol bomb
DC deleted its post on Instagram promoting the new Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child comic bearing the words "The Future Is Young"
Batman is best known for his hi-tech gadgets, but a more violent, low-tech version of the Dark Knight is upsetting fans in China for some unexpected reasons.
DC Comics, also the publisher of popular superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, recently deleted an Instagram post promoting an upcoming Dark Knight Returns comic after Chinese netizens complained. The promotional poster depicts Batwoman throwing a petrol bomb against a backdrop of large, pink letters that read, "The Future Is Young." Because of the imagery, some Chinese netizens suspected it was a show of support for Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.
The Dark Knight Returns is a series of comics by writer Frank Miller that depict Batman in an alternative dystopian Gotham City. The original comic was released in 1986, but the poster is promoting the latest sequel titled Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child.
In response to the controversy, Brazilian artist Rafael Grampá, who worked on the comic, simply tweeted, “Surreal.”
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