Why Is Batman Trending? The Answer Is NSFW

Harley Quinn creator Justin Halpern revealed that a not-safe-for-work scene was axed from the animated TV show because it didn't fit with Batman's image.

The DC Comics animated series, which began in 2019, has become known for its adult humor and sharp dialogue.

Despite viewers becoming accustomed to the show's bolder approach, Halpern revealed that even they were unable to get away with an oral sex scene between Batman and Catwoman.

Speaking to Variety, he opened up on the benefit of using characters that are seen as villains, such as Harley Quinn, because he is given more freedom with them—compared to the heroes.

"A perfect example of that is in this third season of 'Harley' [when] we had a moment where Batman was going down on Catwoman," he explained. "And DC was like, 'You can't do that. You absolutely cannot do that.' They're like, 'Heroes don't do that.'"

Halpern went on to explain that the Batman brand meant there had to be some restrictions.

"So, we said, 'Are you saying heroes are just selfish lovers?'" he continued. "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.'"

As with any major DC revelation, social media was quick to react to the news, with a slew of memes and jokes on-hand. The frenzy even resulted in "Batman" trending on Twitter.

“Heroes do NOT do that!” pic.twitter.com/mu3j1Ki5Ca

— Nick Hanover (@Nick_Hanover) June 14, 2021

@TheEricGoldman wrote: "Joker: 'And where is the Batman?!' Catwoman: 'I can tell you where he's not.'"

User @Nick_Hanover responded with a a tweet that was liked over 36,000 times. The post showed a meme of Batman and Catwoman in a heated exchange with the caption: "Heroes do NOT do that!"

Meanwhile, @BrentTerhune shared a meme of the Joker saying, "Wanna know how I got these scars?" in response to Batman saying he "don't go down."

@ImACultHero admitted: "When I saw Batman was trending, this was not the reason I was expecting..."

"If Batman doesn't eat p****, then why does he have two directional handles attached to the top of his head," @mistressmatisse joked.

@DrakeGatsby posted: "Batman not eating p**** once again proves there are no ethical billionaires."

The show features the voices of Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn), Children's Hospital actor Lake Bell (Poison Ivy), Veep's Diedrich Bader (Batman) and The Best Man's Sanaa Lathan (Catwoman).

In an interview with Masters of None, Halpern teased that fans can expect Harley Quinn's third instalment either at the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Batman and Catwoman feature in "Harley Quinn"
Batman and Catwoman feature in DC's animated TV show "Harley Quinn." The show has become known for its adult humor. DC Comics