The third season of HBO Max’s Harley Quinn is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited. However, it seems DC has stepped in to keep a specific scene from happening.
The scene in question? A moment where Batman and Catwoman share a very intimate moment with one another.
Just a warning, the following may be a bit graphic for some readers
“It’s incredibly gratifying and free to be using characters that are considered villains because you just have so much more leeway,” says Justin Halpern. “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.’ 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.’”
This is such a ridiculous reasoning. First off, the toys they are talking about are most likely aimed at children… WHO SHOULDN’T BE WATCHING THIS SHOW ANYWAYS!! Second, if an adult who enjoys this series gets offended by this, then maybe this isn’t the show for them after all. We’ve literally seen characters go down on others in this show, but since they’re villains, it’s apparently alright.
However, this scene from Catwoman #1 is totally fine and doesn’t affect toy sales, right?
And what about these scenes with Green Arrow from the Kevin Smith comics run?
Or when Nightwing and Harley have sex in the animated film Batman & Harley Quinn.
DC’s obsession with toy sales is something that has hurt their product in the past. From the trainwreck that is Batman & Robin, to the cancellation of the Teen Titans animated series, and now this. They really need to focus more on the product at hand, and less on whether or not it’ll sell toys. Come up with better toy ideas, or better marketing strategies for their toy lines. But stifling creators on account of a little piece of plastic, for a show that the prime target demographic doesn’t even watch, is shortsighted, to say the least.
Harley Quinn Season Three is rumored to be hitting HBO Max later this year, with a 6-issue miniseries sequel to the season two finale coming in September.