The report, titled ‘Relaunched Comics Using Sex and Violence to Sell’, condemned the publisher’s “edgy makeover” of its superheroes for its ‘New 52‘ initiative, and dubbed its titles “fictionalised Playboy for kids at its worst”.
Fox correspondent Sherri Ly sought the opinion of child psychologist Neil Bernstein on the issue, who hit out at the controversial sex scene in Catwoman #1, and the portrayal of women in Red Hood and the Outlaws #1.
“Love has nothing to do with it,”
he said, discussing the depiction of casual sex in the comics.
“We want our kids to think sex is an act between two consenting mature individuals who care deeply for one another.
“That doesn’t really come across and it’s too easy to misconstrue things, particularly for a kid.”
DC has previously defended both comics. In September, the publisher warned parents to pay “attention to the ratings when picking out any books to read themselves or for their children” in response to criticism of Red Hood and the Outlaws.
Catwoman writer Judd Winick said that his version of the title character reflects
“someone who lives in our times”.