A poster for the upcoming comic book “Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child” was pulled after many Chinese people criticized DC Comics for its portrayal of Batwoman in the “Future is Young” image.
Chinese social media users likened the image to the on-going protests in Hong Kong.
#DCComics removed this Batman’s Future is Young image from Instagram after Chinese accuse it as support to #HongKong protests.#Batman #HK #Comics #Censorship #DCBlackLabel #FutureIsYoung pic.twitter.com/9mHbxHqZcX
— Darren L. (@SanJoaquinDelta) November 27, 2019
Weibo users quickly criticized the image, with one user saying, as translated by Global Times, “Is Hong Kong really becoming Gotham City? But Hong Kong rioters are not Batman. Instead, they are the criminals of Gotham City.”
While some fans threatened to boycott DC Comics over the image, others called out the company for censoring itself.
I just don’t understand why a Chilean Batman with a Molotov cocktail has to be something with Hong Kong Independence…like excuse me are we on the same page?@DCComics can you help out for @rafaelgrampa ? He doesn’t deserve these. #thefutureisyoung pic.twitter.com/NludsDOejC
— oystersmakemylife (@Pansy_wpy) November 27, 2019
Some fans speculated that Batwoman’s choice of clothing — a black costume and face mask — could be a reference to the uniform of Hong Kong protesters, mainly the black T-shirt, black trousers and a gas mask, Business Insider reported.
After receiving negative feedback, DC Comics reportedly removed the poster on Nov. 28.
Any mention of the “Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child” comic book has reportedly been censored on Weibo as of Nov. 29.
The comic book, which is set for release on Dec. 11, was penned by Frank Miller. The 48-page one-shot follows the story of a new Batwoman, Carrie Kelley, as she teams up with Lara Kent, the daughter of Clark Kent (Superman) and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), to tackle an imminent threat in Gotham City.
They later discover that Lara’s little brother, Jonathan, may have the strongest superpower on Earth, which explains the title, “The Golden Child.”
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article’s headline noted that backlash came from China. The headline was amended to specify the backlash as coming from Chinese fans.