The GeeksverseDC Postpones Title In Wake Of Aurora Shooting

DC Postpones Title In Wake Of Aurora Shooting
Published on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by

The first impact of the Aurora shootings has been felt in the comics world and its DC postponing the release of Batman, Inc #3

DC released a statement yesterday:

Out of respect for the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado DC Entertainment has made the decision to postpone the release of Batman Incorporated #3 for one month because 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. Its new on sale date is August 22, 2012. This includes all versions of Batman Incorporated #3, previously set to go on sale 7/25 and arriving at retail on Tuesday 7/24 and Wednesday 7/25.

The delay includes the digital version of the issue as well.

Artist Chris Burnham released a tweet:

The book printed on time. I’m looking at a copy on my desk right now. This isn’t a scheduling excuse, we’re trying to do the right thing. it’s not just a Batman comic with guns in it. There’s a specific scene that made DC & the whole Bat-team say ‘Yikes.’ Too close for comfort.

We’ll have to wait a month to discover what the scene in question is.

This was the first impact that the tragedy has had on the comics industry, will it be the last? Was this the right move by DC?

One Response
    • Postponing is a difficult call. On one hand you don’t want to be insensitive to the victims and families. On the other you don’t want to make changes that seem to be giving in to the shooter, or in this case providing the shooter with any sense of accomplishment. 

      This isn’t the first tragedy to impact comic companies. Marvel’s movie made the decision to remove the twin towers from the first Spider-Man movie after 9/11. The comic company component reacted to the towers as well.

      Nomad went into the LA riots after the Rodney King verdict, again reacting to the tragedy in the headlines.

      It is always an interesting editorial call when reality intrudes into fantasy. This current DC decision would have been a hard call.

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