There are some things you don’t expect to hear in the world of comics and entertainment, including the news that DC executives stopped Batman from going down on Catwoman. But that is indeed what happened, according to Harley Quinn co-creator Justin Halpern. He claimed there was going to be a moment on the show where Batman and Catwoman got intimate, but DC stepped in, saying, “You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot do that. Heroes don’t do that.”
That sounds pretty definitive, so don’t expect different from Flash, Aquaman, or Wonder Woman either. It’s Lois Lane we feel sorry for; she’s been with Superman since 1938!
DC’s logic, according to Halpern, was that “It’s hard to sell a toy if Batman is also going down on someone,” which seems quite astonishing considering the adult themes seen in the Christopher Nolan trilogy and more recently Joker. While Harley Quinn is animated, the HBO show is an adult series with a darkly comic tone that already features many mature themes.
Val Kilmer weighs in on Batman’s bedroom habits
Naturally, social media eagerly lapped this up, with many arguing that Batman would definitely “do that.” And now the Dark Knight himself has entered the fray, with Val Kilmer — who played the Caped Crusader in 1995’s Batman Forever — weighing in on the “does he or doesn’t he…?” debate with a clip of himself and Batman’s love interest Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) from the movie:
With Kilmer only teasing an answer, we’re no nearer to an explanation of whether Batman “does” or “doesn’t,” but the possibility that some Batmen do and some Batmen don’t is now open.
But unfortunately, before we can truly progress, we probably need the thoughts of George “Bat Nipples” Clooney, and there’s surely no doubt that Adam West’s Batman definitely would? Michael Keaton and Christian Bale, what say you? And Zack Snyder, who directed Ben Affleck as Batman, has weighed in with his take, although it’s not 100% safe for work.
Harley Quinn features the voices of Kaley Cuoco as Harley, with Diedrich Bader as Batman in a supporting role. While DC nixed this one idea, the creators are thankful for the company’s continued support as they try new things with these characters.
The show has run for two seasons with the third expected later this year. You can watch it on HBO Max.