Warning: This article does contain adult and sexual material.
DC Comics have reportedly moved to veto a scene that was due to appear in the r-rated Harley Quinn animated series which would have seen Batman give oral sex to Catwoman.
The show, which streams on HBO Max, is known for taking a more mature look at superheroes and does feature gore, sex and gallows humour but the aforementioned scene was too much for some DC executives.
During an interview with Variety, Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, who co-created the show, asked for the scene to be removed because apparently heroes cannot do that.
Halpern is quoted as saying: “It’s incredibly gratifying and free to be using characters that are considered villains because you just have so much more leeway. A perfect example of that is in this third season of ‘Harley’ [when] we had a moment where Batman was going down on Catwoman. And DC was like, ‘You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot do that.’ They’re like, ‘Heroes don’t do that.’ So, we said, ‘Are you saying heroes are just selfish lovers?’ They were like, ‘No, it’s that we sell consumer toys for heroes. It’s hard to sell a toy if Batman is also going down on someone.”
This small tidbit from the interview has since captured the internet’s imagination and got them asking all sorts of questions such as ‘is Batman a selfish lover?’ and ‘is this why Batman wears a cowl instead of a mask?’
Batman being a selfish lover is not a concept I was ready for on a Monday afternoon https://t.co/gVu9Pt5hP5— John Grace (@John Grace) 1623702188
Captain America would never be the selfish lover Batman is https://t.co/UUghbUz4oP— f o x x i (@f o x x i) 1623704467
OF COURSE Batman gives head what other reason is there for wearing a cowl instead of a mask? none. exactly. https://t.co/d9GRX6oMGy— Muhammad Butt (@Muhammad Butt) 1623704323
bullshit, Batman's cowl has a mouth cutout for a reason 🙄 https://t.co/ZandrlB8K3— negaoryx (@negaoryx) 1623704482
You cannot tell me Batman’s mask wasn’t made specifically for cunnilingus https://t.co/UsIQd29xDq— ben mekler (@ben mekler) 1623720987
Of course, this soon transitioned into memes and niche Batman references. You’ll just have to take our word for this when we say these are funny.
Batman Begins but none of his ladies finish— Malik 🎤 (@Malik 🎤) 1623701658
https://t.co/5ocu8nBNMp— DC Animated (@DC Animated) 1623720002
*Checks why Batman is trending* *Goes back to writing Nightwing, possibly a more... giving hero.* https://t.co/U7HxaQj1lv— Tom Taylor (@Tom Taylor) 1623703212
thank you DC for making this Batman moment possible https://t.co/DD6jvTPtVb— ML Kejera (@ML Kejera) 1623701483
JERY: hows it going with batman ELANE: he doesnt do ..everything— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld Current Day) 1623721490
Honestly, it's just nice to know that I'm better than Batman at something— Mike Drucker (@Mike Drucker) 1623726202
Me Getting ready to explain the batman oral sex discourse to my partner. https://t.co/bOx2e36JU3— Canti 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 (she/her) (@Canti 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 (she/her)) 1623729386
One of the problems is that Batman can’t move his neck.— Gail Simone (@Gail Simone) 1623722513
Explain this DC #Batman https://t.co/Vuy0l3FvnA— ROCCO DID NOTHING WRONG (@ROCCO DID NOTHING WRONG) 1623732712
i feel like if prince knew that batman didn't eat pussy he wouldn't have done the song— Kath Barbadoro (@Kath Barbadoro) 1623731939
Joker: “And where is the Batman?!” Catwoman: “I can tell you where he’s not.”— Eric Goldman (@Eric Goldman) 1623721366
Batman: “All this talk of- pardon my vernacular, Robin- eating pussy feels like a diabolical scheme.” Robin: “Wait… https://t.co/XLFMyJIfd1— sparky (@sparky) 1623732047
Thomas and Martha Wayne in heaven watching us discuss Batman performing oral sex https://t.co/BPo20DRBJp— @advitreides backup (@@advitreides backup) 1623734749
Ok I’ve drawn my contribution to the Batman jokes. https://t.co/1hmi0Ye3Bg— Lukey McGarry (@Lukey McGarry) 1623733884
hits different now https://t.co/PxzfYORdPq— Dave Itzkoff (@Dave Itzkoff) 1623702123
Incidentally, this kind of thing appears to be ok in the comic book format as showcased by Kevin Smith during his run on Green Arrow.
There was also a little pushback when we did the Green Arrow/Black Canary oral sex scenes in my run with… https://t.co/ZQB0YNqGKv— KevinSmith (@KevinSmith) 1623704736
The discourse surrounding this topic has also unearthed this gem from the late great Adam West who famously played Batman during the 1960s. During an interview with SyFy in 2014 revealed that he and Frank Gorshin, who played The Riddler at the time, once accidentally attended an orgy and were kicked out because they wouldn’t break character.
The recent news story that Batman is not allowed to go down on Catwoman has led me to discover this delightful stor… https://t.co/2MP1xwchLw— Amanda Wong 王慧婷 (@Amanda Wong 王慧婷) 1623706026
As it stands you’re probably never likely to see Batman engage in any sort of cunnilingus and, if you are, we dare say that there are websites for that kind of entertainment...