DC Comics just had to delete a piece of artwork from social media whose was to promote a new Batman Comic that was soon to release. 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.
DC offends China with its new Batman poster!
The poster was designed by artist Rafael Grampa which shows a version of Batwoman holding a Molotov cocktail in front of pink lettering that says The Future Is Young.
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is a Batman story that follows his young successor which is Carrie Kelley (now called Batwoman). DC has used the image on the poster briefly on Twitter and on their Instagram handle to promote this upcoming movie. Frank Miller is the writer of the comic book whose original Dark Knight Returns comic enhanced Batman in the era of the 1980s and the character’s recent film version was also inspired by it.
Chinese critics say that this poster means fatal death!
Pulling if the poster image was done by DC on Wednesday when the social media was amidst the outcry of Chinese online users. Publisher of that image has yet not commented in public about this movie but it was seen coming after a strong backlash against the image on Chines social media.
According to Variety, it was written by one critic on China’s Weibo social media service that the black clothes represent Hong Kong, the mask represents Hong Kong and he commented that what else is present that does not represents Hong Kong?
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.
Negative coverage was also received by the image in the Global Times, one the statue-run newspaper which claimed that DC implied its support of Hong Kong’s rioters.