Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Batman Poster is Taken Out

An artwork that features Batman hurling a Molotov cocktail in front of the words "The Future is Young" has been rightly removed. 

The poster was meant to promote a forthcoming DC Black Label comic called “Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child”, due to hit shelves December 11. 

[FYI, DC Black Label is an imprint that seeks to appeal to an older-skewing readership through reprints and original limited series]. 

DC Comics had posted it to Instagram and Twitter and which was copied into Chinese social media, where they quickly sparked outrage among Chinese users who alleged that the subtext of the image was support for the Hong Kong protests. 

I most definitely agree. 

The Molotov cocktail alluded to young Hong Kong anarchists’ 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 graphic novel’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. 

One upset Weibo commenter wrote: “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???” 

Another added: “No matter what the reason, to put an image like this up at a sensitive time like this means you have a death wish”. 

It’s important to exercise sensitivity on the Hong Kong issue. At this delicate time, the Batman poster can exacerbate matters that ultimately, will not benefit anybody.

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