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has yanked a poster for a new title from its social media accounts after the image drew criticism from Chinese commenters who said it appeared to support the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The artwork depictsthrowing a Molotov cocktail against a backdrop of hot-pink words spelling out the new comic book’s tagline, “the future is young.” It was posted on ’ Twitter and Instagram accounts; both platforms are blocked in mainland . The poster was meant to promote a forthcoming DC Black Label comic called “Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child,” due to hit shelves Dec. 11. DC Black Label is an imprint that seeks to appeal to an older-skewing readership through reprints and original limited series.
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— Darren L. (@SanJoaquinDelta) removed this Batman's Future is Young image from Instagram after Chinese accuse it as support to protests.
But the poster came under fire from Chinese internet users who contended that it contained coded messages in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. They said that the Molotov cocktail alluded to young Hong Kong protesters’ more violent tactics, that the “dark knight’s” choice of black attire referred to the black-clad Hong Kong protesters, and that the “golden child” of the book’s title was a veiled reference to the color yellow, which was taken up by previous pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong five years ago.
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“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???” wrote one angry Weibo commenter. Another chimed in: “No matter what the reason, to put an image like this up at a sensitive time like this means you have a death wish.”
DC Comics has since removed the poster from its social media. A Beijing-based representative of Warner Bros. declined to comment on the move.
is a critical market for Warner Bros., which owns and DC Comics, its publishing subsidiary. “Aquaman” broke Chinese box office records last December to take in a cumulative $292 million, while “Shazam!” made $43.8 million in April.
With the “Batman” image, the company joins the ranks of Western entities like the NBA and Disney that have been thrown onto the minefield of Chinese politics, with Chinese nationalists threatening to boycott on the one hand and others lobbing criticism for seeming to sacrifice freedom of speech for profit on the other.
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On Weibo Thursday, angry comments and discussion of the poster mixed with promotion for the new trailer of Warner Bros. “Birds of Prey,” which will debut stateside next February and is helmed by Chinese-American Cathy Yan.
In the meantime, DC Comics’ Instagram has been flooded with criticism from people who support the Hong Kong protests or are angry that the company appears to have given in to Chinese political pressure.
“So now Batman loves money more than justice?” asked one commenter.
Another wrote: “Apparently China rules the world now. The future is young? No, the future is censorship.”
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And ifwas the sequel to the of ? Although the series has never been presented this way, a new twist on cult feature film has suggested that the two DC Comics productions are likely to be in a common universe. In the sixth episode of the show, broadcast last Sunday on the CW, a line of dialogue has indeed evoked the name of Jack Napier; But fans of the Black Knight have certainly not forgotten that this was the alias of the Joker embodied by .
In the 1989 film, the Joker was portrayed as a common criminal disfigured by a fall in a vat of acid, which was discovered to be the murderer of Bruce Wayne's parents. At the time, many fans of the comics had rebelled against this revelation that closely linked the fate of the criminal clown and that of Batman. It should be noted that the name of Jack Napier was born from the association of the name of Nicholson and the surname of, the interpreter of Alfred in the cult series of the 60s.
Remember that this is not the first wink to the Batman movie slipped into the Arrowverse : the journalist Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl) will indeed be present in the next cross-over Crisis on Infinite Earths which a shared shooting photo a few weeks ago revealed the face of in one of the Gotham City Gazette. But it is yet under the features of (the "voice" of Batman in many animated films) that Bruce Wayne will be incarnated in this new special episode.
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