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July 24, 2012

Batman issue delayed: Imagery ‘too close for comfort’ to Aurora

Posted in: Comics

Cover art for “Batman Inc.” No. 3 (Credit: DC Entertainment)

DC Entertainment has asked retailers to delay the release of its comic book “Batman Inc.” No. 3 due to sensitivities in the wake of the Colorado movie-theater shooting.

The company behind Superman, Wonder Woman and “Watchmen” sent a letter to retailers Monday requesting that they withhold the issue, which has already been printed and shipped with a scheduled Wednesday shelf date.

“Out of respect for the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado, DC Entertainment has made the decision to postpone the release of ‘Batman Inc.’ No. 3 for one month because the comic contains content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events,” the letter stated. “We request that retailers do not make this issue available as previously solicited.  Its new on sale date is August 22, 2012.  Please contact the DC Entertainment sales team if you have any questions.”

A spokeswoman for DC declined to give specifics about the potentially insensitive content in the comic, which was written by Grant Morrison with art by Chris Burnham. The issue re-introduces the character called “Matches” Malone, a gangster and arsonist who first appeared in Gotham City stories in 1972.

Burnham addressed DC’s concerns in a series of tweets Monday night, saying, “Batman Inc #3 is going to be delayed a month due to some grim imagery that would seem wholly inappropriate given the Aurora killings. The book printed on time. I’m looking at a copy on my desk right now. This isn’t a scheduling excuse, we’re trying to do the right thing. It’s not just a Batman comic with guns in it. There’s a specific scene that made DC & the whole Bat-team say ‘Yikes.’ Too close for comfort.”

DC said it has no plans to alter its publication schedule for any of its other Batman series, which include “Batman: The Dark Knight,” “Batman and Robin” and “Catwoman.”

– Rebecca Keegan

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