The scene in question would have occurred between Batman and Catwoman.
“In this third season of Harley [Quinn], we had a moment where Batman was going down on Catwoman,” Halpern told Variety. “And DC was like, ‘You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot do that.’ They’re like, ‘Heroes don’t do that.’”
He continued: “They were like, ‘It’s that we sell consumer toys for heroes. It’s hard to sell a toy if Batman is also going down on someone.’”
As news of Halpern’s comments broke, DC fans have highlighted the hypocrisy surrounding DC’s claim that “heroes don’t do that” when, in some projects the character has previously featured in, he has been shown to seriously injure people.
Fellow DC character Superman has also been shown to kill someone, with both causing devastating destruction in DCEU film Batman v Superman.
It’s also been noted that DC still expects to sell toys of their villains despite them performing horrific acts in films, TV shows and comic books.
“What the hell is going on with DC. I call them a bunch of hypocrites,” one person commented, with another adding: “There’s so much R Rated Batman stuff where he brutally murders and tortures people. But God perform a fairly vanilla sex act on a character whose entire design has been shaped by BDSM aesthetic.”
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