If you’re a true DC fan and pay attention to the comics, then you likely know that Batman: Damned #1 by Brian Azzarello recently revealed a whole new side of the Caped Crusader: his naked genitalia. Following this, a genital rights organisation is not happy on this intimate look at the superhero.
During an interview with The Blast, Genital Autonomy America director and founder, Marilyn Milos spoke about Batman’s penis shown in the issue. She criticised this not because of the nudity is shown in the issue but because he’s (Bruce) circumcised, further comparing circumcision to child sex abuse.
“Non-therapeutic amputation of the normal body part of a non-consenting minor is not only sexual child abuse and a violation of that child’s inherent right to bodily integrity and genital autonomy,” Milos said.
In case you missed this, there’s a scene in Batman: Damned #1, there is a scene which features Bruce Wayne returning to the Batcave after a brutal night of fighting crime. He walks into his cave and strips himself out of his suit until he’s naked. It’s now, in not more than one or two panels, we get to see his penis– clearly circumcised.
This depiction is problematic for Milos and her group, which is a non-profit advocacy group founded by Milos in 1985 that opposes child circumcision. The organisation works with a prime goal to secure the “birthright of female, male and intersex children to keep their organs intact.” Milos also compared Batman to the male anti-circumcision group, The Bloodstained Men.
“They, like Batman, have goodness and right on their side, and my hope is that others who have experienced the unkindest cut also will stand up and protect the most vulnerable among us,” Milos said. “It’s their body, it’s their right!”
She even detailed what she’d tell Bruce Wayne if she had the chance.
“I’d tell Batman about foreskin restoration to regain some of what was lost,” she said.
Batman: Damned is the first release from the Black Label line aimed at mature readers but since this issue’s release DC has decided to censor the scene in both, digital and print releases of the issue.