The tragic shooting in Colorado at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" has apparently impacted the publication of at least one DC comic book, at least according its artist Chris Burnham's Twitter:
Burnham then elaborated on what exactly that "grim imagery" might be in a subsequent tweet: "It's not just a Batman comic with guns in it. There's a specific scene that made DC & the whole Bat-team say 'Yikes.' Too close for comfort."
Burnham went on to confirm that "Batman Incorporated" #3 has been printed, and doubted that it would be "pulped" -- industry lingo for destroyed.
The issue in question was billed as "The New 52 debut of Matches Malone," and sees Batman "hot on the trail of whoever is trying to kill Damian." A look at a three-page preview of the issue in Comic Book Resources didn't reveal any specifically sensitive content...but that was only three pages.
The Black Rock, CT comic store Rogue Comics published on Facebook a message they received from DC Comics with more details about the delay, as well as a new on sale date:
"Out of respect for the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado DC Entertainment has made the decision to postpone the release of BATMAN INCORPORATED #3 for one month because the comic contains content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events. ... Its new on sale date is August 22, 2012."
Meanwhile, some hard-core Batman fans reacted to the news of the issue's delay with fury, accusing DC of "censorship" and making pleas "not to let the terrorists win."
I guess to some people, Batman is really really really really important.