It's no secret that DC has always had the reputation of being a comic book company geared towards the adult demographic and when you think DC, the words "dark" and "gritty" immediately come to mind. However, this week, the home turf of iconic superheroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman drew flak from the geek community after they learned that DC Entertainment put a stop to a supposed scene in Harley Quinn Season 3 featuring Batman and Catwoman.
We reported yesterday that Harley Quinn showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker were asked by DC to remove a scene in the upcoming third season which sees Bruce Wayne performing oral sex on Selina Kyle. Apparently, the company found it tasteless and according to them, "heroes don't do that."
Unsurprisingly, the company faced intense mockery from hardcore Batman fans who have long been accustomed to DC's more mature storytelling of the caped crusader. Some fans were even reminded of the "unnecessary" sex scene between Batman and Batgirl in the animated adaptation of The Killing Joke which DC ultimately greenlit. Check out some of the reactions here:
DC: "Batman can't perform oral sex"— Owen Likes Comics (@owenlikescomics) June 14, 2021
Also DC: *adds a random Batman/Batgirl sex scene into The Killing Joke* https://t.co/fnigUgiZw0
My dad and I uncomfortably watch Batman banging Batgirl on the rooftop in the Killing Joke movie. That's where they draw the line? https://t.co/3kAW22dGXv— Duppy (Still On Hiatus ) (@YoDuppio) June 14, 2021
Was forced to watch Batman bang Batgirl pic.twitter.com/WB8uxaTYaX— Duppy (Still On Hiatus ) (@YoDuppio) June 14, 2021
Today's Batman discourse is how I discovered that there's a movie (cartoon) with a scene twixt Batman and Batgirl and boy does that make me mad— Chris Schweizer (@schweizercomics) June 14, 2021
But it was ok to insert a non-canon scene where Batgirl bangs Batman in the Killing Joke movie ? https://t.co/OfJpjWNvRf— Tiiiiired | Hiatus (@m00nlithalo) June 14, 2021
DC was willing to show Batman having sex with Batgirl, the ward he was supposed to have a father-daughter relationship with, in The Killing Joke, but Catwoman can't get a little nommy nom?? Jailtime for DC— Rin Chupeco (THE EVER CRUEL KINGDOM out now!) (@RinChupeco) June 14, 2021
So DC was complaining about Batman going down on Catwoman, but didn't say no to Batman and Batgirl sex scene in The Killing Joke. LMAO. pic.twitter.com/sF9zbgfBqy— Tamal de Carne (@tamaaldecarne) June 15, 2021
Considering Batman and Catwoman have done some pretty obscene and sexually suggestive things not only in the comics but also in film and television, it's a little baffling why DC suddenly thought it would be inappropriate for them to show a little intimacy especially in a series that's not aimed towards children. I'm not saying obscenity should be done more often in future DC projects but it's obviously a bad call to have that scene removed as it changes the image of the company and makes it seem like they've gone soft.
No official release date has been announced for Harley Quinn Season 3.