Someone used their DC merchandising license for evil. Bill Sienkiewicz took care of the problem, though.
Recently, some t-shirts cropped up for sale that made people unhappy. Here's what those look like:
Not gonna call them the worst thing ever, but, as designs go, they aren't ideal if the goal is to attract more women to your product and/or make them feel empowered. "Batman's wife"? "Superman does it again"? It's just ... tacky. And, yeah, pretty sexist, too.
The good news is that DC did acknowledge the problem, saying, "Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy." So that's something.
But that doesn't mean people don't have a right to vent their frustration over the fact that the thought to create these things made its way to execution. And the best outlet for those feelings is some good old-fashioned artistic creativity.
Enter Bill Sienkiewicz, who, full disclosure, is one of my favorite artists ever. He decided he wanted to complete the story from that Superman/Wonder Woman t-shirt. Here's how that turned out:
Yup. That seems about right.
(via Comic Book Resources)