ERRING ON THE SIDE of caution and sensitivity, DC Entertainment is seeking to delay the release of a Batman comic over potentially “insensitive” content in the wake of last week’s Colorado shooting tragedy.
DC asked comics retailers Monday to postpone by a month the sale of ”Batman, Incorporated” No. 3, which is written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Chris Burnham. The new sale date and digital release date is Aug. 22, and does not affect other Batman titles.
The possibly “insensitive” content apparently involves only a panel or two in the issue, and the decision is not simply because it’s a Batman book.
“Out of respect for the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado, DC Entertainment has made the decision to postpone the release” of the issue, the publisher said in its email to retailers, noting that “the comic contains content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events.
“We request that retailers do not make this issue available as previously solicited.”
Twelve people were killed and 58 were wounded at a midnight screening of Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” last week in Aurora, Colo.
Over the weekend, DC Entertainment’s parent, Warner Bros., delayed box-office results of “The Dark Knight Rises” for a day out of respect for the shooting victims. Warner Bros. also announced Monday that it would make a “substantial” donation to the victims.
Also on Monday, Christian Bale — Nolan’s Batman/Bruce Wayne in the trilogy — traveled to Aurora with his wfie to visit seven of the shooting victims, the Denver Post reported. Bale also spent time with medical staff and other emergency responders.