Understandably hyper-sensitive in the wake of the Aurora shootings at a DARK KNIGHT RISES screening, Warner Bros. is editing the upcoming Beware the Batman cartoon to remove realistic gun imagery.
Producers of the series were asked by WB Animation executive VP Sam Register to scrutinize depictions of weapons on the program, which isn’t expected to debut on the cable network until next year.
An unspecified number of alterations were made to some designs and situations on the series to minimize the amount of weapon imagery deemed too realistic.
The review process, which isn’t expected to be cheap, will be as detailed as changing the shape of gun barrels from round to square for the purpose of rendering the weapons in a more stylized manner reminiscent of sci-fi fare.
Producer Register volunteered for the toning down.
DC Comics has also been caught in post-crime scrutiny of unintended storylines, postponing release of BATMAN INC #3 for a month because of a scene where a teacher pulls a gun on students.
Batman films and movies are traditionally dark, moody things. Although Batman himself doesn’t use a gun, his enemies usually do. Proving once again that supervising cartoon guns? Fine. Supervising REAL GUNS? Not fine.