Batman – he’s a creature of the night, a caped crusader, a dark knight detective.
He’s also got a pretty average manhood, if the latest DC Comic is anything to go by. Yes, for the first time ever, Bruce Wayne’s penis was revealed to readers who picked up Batman: Damned.
Why am I looking at Batman’s penis at 3am?? pic.twitter.com/YOUXEfsMN2
– V I A (@ArtisticVM) September 19, 2018
The story, which saw the iconic superhero facing off against John Constantine, was released as part of the string of new titles under DC Black Label. But despite the fact the illustrations were intended for more mature audiences, DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio have expressed regret over some of the ‘publishing decisions’ that were made.
In other words, perhaps the fans weren’t ready for Batman full-frontal.
There was certainly a healthy level of buzz surrounding the superhero’s schlong, mostly because up until this point comics have generally shied away from portraying their male protagonists as being overtly sexual.
While many movie fans have called for more peen on screen, in comic books it’s a different story and is something Lee and DiDo addressed at the 2018 New York Comic Con.
Speaking to Polygon, Lee said: “I think we made some choices after it went out and there were some production errors that led to the book being published the way it was… that ended up being a big story.
“But thankfully people were very pleased with the story and the content, the beautiful art, and the story that Brian [Azzarello] and Lee [Bermejo] had come up with really resonated with readers.”
Following Batman’s proposal to Cartwoman last year, we can look forward to a wedding this summer. Credit: DC Comics
Black Label was announced back in March of this year, and was aimed to concentrate on three factors: big name creators, big name superheroes and a lot of creative freedom. However, the cock controversy has sparked the DC bosses into considering a more cautious approach.
“It’s made us, certainly, look at what Black Label is and think about whether these elements are additive to the story,” said Lee. “And that’s something that we’ll be mindful of going forward, because I don’t think we want necessarily a repeat of what happened with the first issue.”
DiDio added: “It’s something we wished never happened, because it really took the attention away from what we thought was quality storytelling, and that’s not the way we see this imprint.”
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