DC Comics Rocked by Two False Internet Controversies


Amanda Connor Harley QuinnAnother day, another faux geek controversy is blowing up the Internet. Today it’s actually two, one of which started yesterday but has spilled over the weekend. Lets attack these one at a time…

Both of these controversies are being fueled by inflammatory headlines on two different Gawker sites. As they do this just to get clicks and draw people to the site, I won’t be posting links. But if you absolutely want to award them for spewing false information, Google is your friend.

The first controversy comes from the pages of Batwoman. As readers of DC Comics know, Batwoman is a lesbian and recently proposed to her girlfriend in the pages of the comic. Completely ignoring the fact that DC has shown gay weddings in Wildstorm books, Gawker site i09 decided to create controversy with the headline, “DC forbids Batwoman’s gay marriage, creative team leaves.”

DC wasn’t forbidding the wedding because the character is gay, they were forbidding it because it was a wedding period. Both DC and Marvel are very big on the main heroes not being married. Spider-Man’s wedding was done away with by the devil, and Superman’s was erased by a reboot. DC co-publisher Dan Didio was attacked over this controversy at a convention this weekend, and he explained it was just because of the marriage, not who Batwoman was marrying.

Bleeding Cool has the audio and quote:

She’s clearly a member of the Bat family, and that as a result she shouldn’t have a happy personal life. That she’s committed to defending others at the sacrifice of personal instincts and personal lives.

So its important to establish their personal lives, but then they have to set them aside. And that heroes shouldn’t get married.

The next controversy comes from a contest DC is holding on their website. Popular husband and wife team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are working on a new satirical Harley Quinn comic, and DC is holding a contest for someone to draw a page from it that will make it into the final book. Gawker decided to fan the flames of click baiting with the headling, “DC Comics Contest: Draw a Naked Woman Committing Suicide.”

Here’s the DC comics description of the page:

4 panels

Harley is on top of a building, holding a large DETACHED cellphone tower in her hands as lightning is striking just about everywhere except her tower. She is looking at us like she cannot believe what she is doing. Beside herself. Not happy.

Harley is sitting in an alligator pond, on a little island with a suit of raw chicken on, rolling her eyes like once again, she cannot believe where she has found herself. We see the alligators ignoring her.

Harley is sitting in an open whale mouth, tickling the inside of the whale’s mouth with a feather. She is ecstatic and happy, like this is the most fun ever.

Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.

This is the sort of satire that Palmiotti and Conner are known for. They both always draw this sort of thing, and Jimmy explained the context for it on his Facebook page:

What is happening here is Harley is breaking the 4th wall…and talking to the audience about the writers of the book…and how nutty they are. We used the words “naked” because we did not want the artist to draw harley in her costume and we all know you can’t show nudity in the comic…and we also know you have to cover her “parts” with objects and what not…but the idea was she is taking a bath with all this hardware around not believing how far the writers went. The whole story is one big long imaginary scene done by different artists of extremely absurd over the top circumstances.

Basically, they’re turning Harley Quinn into DC’s version of Deadpool with this new on-going series. But does the Internet look into context when they’re going insane and calling in death threats to DC Comics? Of course not. And neither do the sites that spread false information out of the greed of ad impressions.