BATMAN fans have been rocked by the news that a raunchy scene of the superhero and Catwoman was axed from an episode of Harley Quinn.
The popular animated show will kick off its third season later in 2021 on HBO Max.
Why is Batman trending?
Batman has hit the headlines after two of the co-creators and executive producers of Harley Quinn revealed that a sex scene was pulled from an episode of the show.
The creators shocked fans after revealing they were forced to cut out a scene featuring Batman performing oral sex on Catwoman by DC because they were told “heroes don’t do that”.
Fans rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter, with one person joking: “This is outrageous.
“When they told us Batman traveled the world becoming a master of all skills I always assumed they meant all skills.”
Another said: “Batman’s trending for the funniest possible reason.”
A third wrote: “I see #Batman is still trending. Just let Batman eat whatever he wants.”
What have Harley Quinn creators said?
Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, two of the co-creators and executive producers, spoke to Variety.
While discussing how their show is attempting to shake things up when it comes to the superhero genre, Justin claimed a scene was cut from the show.
He claimed: “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’.”
Justin added: “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’.”
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But both Justin and Patrick said DC has been “supportive of their series and has allowed them to push the envelope numerous times”.
The animated series premiered in November of 2019, however, in September 2020 the show was moved from its original network of DC Universe to HBO Max.
Harley’s character was most recently played by Margot Robbie on Suicide Squad as well as Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).