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Stephen Colbert Has Perfect Response To DC Censoring Batman’s Nudity

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert has come up with the perfect response to DC censoring Batman’s nudity in the comic book Batman: Damned #1. Recently, DC launched DC Black Label, a new imprint intended to feature more adult content. Things indeed got off to a roaringly “more adult” start for DC Black Label when the first issue of Batman: Damned featured, among other things, a full-frontal nude image of Bruce Wayne.

But shortly after giving the world a glimpse of Bruce Wayne as they’d never seen him before, DC decided to dial back the “adult” imagery in the comic. Not only did DC censor digital copies of Batman: Damned #1, they also will censor all future print versions of the comic. In addition to sparing fans the sight of Bruce Wayne’s manhood, the move made instant collector’s items out of the uncensored versions of the book.

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Many scratched their heads over DC’s decision to censor the "adult" comic, wondering why the company would create the DC Black Label imprint if they're not going to take advantage of it, while others got busy making jokes. Late Show host and noted nerd Stephen Colbert may have come up with the perfect humorous response to the whole controversy with one tweet calling back to a previous dust-up involving Batman’s anatomy. See Colbert’s on-target tweet below:

Of course, Colbert’s tweet refers to the angst that ensued when nipples were added to Batman’s costume for the very unfortunate 1997 movie Batman & Robin, starring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader. At the time, many people just found the nipples distracting, while others accused the costume choice of adding a campy quality to Batman that only contributed to the generally silly and over-the-top tone of that particular disastrous movie. For his part, Batman & Robin director Joel Schumacher said once that he couldn’t understand why people had a problem with the nipples. But George Clooney understands fans’ anti-nipples stance and has even apologized for the costume choice (as well as the rest of Batman & Robin).

Unlike Batman & Robin, which can never be erased from fans’ memories, Batman’s penis has been removed from Batman: Damned both in the digital edition and in future print versions. Ultimately though, the “controversy” over the comic’s nudity feels like much ado about nothing, especially compared to all the other pop culture-related battles that have flared up in recent months. The cynical point-of-view on this is that DC knew exactly what they were doing by including the nudity, then making the decision to censor it. Now, people are talking about the comic. And that conversation is probably a lot bigger than it would have been had DC either not included Batman’s penis in the first place, or left it in the comic without comment.

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Source: Stephen Colbert/Twitter

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