DC Alters Batman Art to Remove Imagery of His Penis

The comic drew DC the wrong kind of attention.

DC’s new line of comics for mature readers, DC Black Label, made its debut with Batman: Damned #1 by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo. Social media conversation around the title has been squarely focused on how it shows Batman’s penis for the first time in the Caped Crusader’s publishing history. DC apparently anticipated this and decided to remove the imagery of his penis from the digital release, as evidenced by that version having altered artwork that covers Bruce Wayne’s privates with shadow.

A source close to the project told IGN that DC chose to alter the art because it wasn’t additive to the story. The first print run currently on sale in shops still features the unaltered art, but all future printings of Batman: Damned will reflect the altered artwork, the source also said.

For our reaction to the use of nudity in Batman: Damned, check out the video below.

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Joshua is Senior Editor of IGN Comics. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

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