Is Full Nudity In A Mainstream Batman Comic Okay? (NSFW) | Midnight Pulp
News

Is Full Nudity In A Mainstream Batman Comic Okay? (NSFW)

Thompson November 29, 2017 November 29th, 2017

Much like the majority of mainstream entertainment, Marvel and DC Comics follow a set of rules for “good taste” that don’t always add up.

Violence is overwhelmingly permissible. The Blob eating The Wasp? Marvel did that shit. Green Lantern’s girlfriend chopped up and left in his refrigerator? That’s fine.  Hyper-sexualized characters are perfectly dandy as well, as long as their boobs, peens, and impossible asses are all covered in skin-fitting spandex, lest a reader might have to use their imagination.

But a woman’s unsheathed nipple? That’s a whole different story, regardless of the circumstances.

Not that Batman: White Knight writer-artist Sean Murphy’s complaining. When he penned a tender love scene between Jack Napier (F.K.A. “The Joker”) and Harleen Quinzel (F.K.A. “Harley Quinn”), he figured the whole series would garner an “adult” rating, and went ahead drawing Quinzel’s nipples. Turns out he had to dial the project back (by adding the talk bubbles over the nipples) until it settled under the “teen+” threshold. Nevertheless, he got permission to share his original Joker/Quinn post-coital cuddle sequence on Instagram.

While the dialogue might change the context, it appears a lot like Quinzel’s accepting The Joker’s marriage proposal from earlier in the series. The scene definitely leans harder in the direction of romance and benign sentimentality than towards the pornographic or exploitative side of the nudity spectrum.

It’s a stupid nipple to censor, but then, it’d be pretty silly to sit here and demand DC Comics adhere to more lenient standards and practices than Hollywood or television. And even though Batman: White Knight takes place in an alternate dimension and isn’t really marketed to children, it’s still a Batman thing, and therefore bound to wind up in a few underage hands. All it takes is one poor kid showing his strict parents a copy of White Knight #3, and the next thing you know they’re sending angry emails, TV pundits are insisting their viewers boycott Warner Bros., an individual in a high-ranking political position decides to tweet about it, and the whole ordeal spirals way out of proportion.

So, eh, maybe DC’s making the right call here, if only to save themselves, Murphy, The Joker, and Harley Quinn a lot of unnecessary hassle.

via CBR

Related stuff Categories