A few weeks ago, Bleeding Cool scooped the news with the headline "Danny DeVito Penguin Comic Both Anti-Vaxxer And Pro Mandate". And today that has come to pass with the release of the Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant from DC Comics.
Danny DeVito played The Penguin in Tim Burton's Batman Returns. And as a result, for the 80th anniversary of the creation of the character, he was asked to write a Penguin story drawn by Batman and Once & Future artist Dan Mora for the Special being published by DC Comics today And I get the feeling it may be polarising – in that all sorts of groups will claim it for their own, or claim that DC Comics is pushing political propaganda, or that it is unintentional propaganda for the other side or that… well, basically it's going to be a shitshow all across social media. It starts with a Penguin acting in an altruistic fashion, with some young Gotham kids, looking in the Danny DeVito model of the character.
And a Catwoman in the model of Michele Pfeiffer, also acting in an altruistic fashion. Because the pair are in love, and have a partnership together, in all meanings of the word. Sorry Batman, the Cat is all about the Penguin. So what will they do with their newfound friendship?
Why steal all the world's vaccines, or course. Five billion of them. What a villainous thing to do.
And then… okay it's a little unclear. Somehow make the vaccine airborne and release it across the world, or recruit the world's villains to vaccinate everyone on the planet. Or both together.
Either way, it is a proper vaccination mandate for the entire globe. And it cures the pandemic. Utterly.
Now… is that a villainous act? Or a heroic act? An anti-heroic act? The means justifying the ends? An authoritarian an unacceptable act in contravention of people's wishes? Super-villains are always putting poison in the water system or releasing toxic gases, what if they actually did some good instead, how would the reaction differ?
You can feel the media arguments already rolling out- work it out for yourself,… or read some more Gotham Gossip now.
GOTHAM CITY VILLAINS ANNIVERSARY GIANT #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR C FRANK QUITELY PENGUIN CARD STOCK VAR
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Frank Quitely
Written by Danny DeVito, Wes Craig, G. Willow Wilson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Phillips, Dan Watters, Nadia Shammas, and Mairghread Scott Art by Dan Mora, Wes Craig, Emma Rios, Riccardo Federici, Max Raynor, Max Fiumara, Skylar Patridge, Ariela Kristantina, Khary Randolph, Jill Thompson, Christian Ward, Gabriel Walta, and others Gotham City may be protected by the Dark Knight, but this major metropolitan destination is also plagued by some of the deadliest, most nefarious villains in the DC Universe! In this oversize anniversary giant, DC Comics proudly presents tales of Batman's deadliest foes written and drawn by some of the biggest, most exciting names in comics! 2021 marks an anniversary year for the Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, the Mad Hatter, Killer Moth, and the original Red Hood, and Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 brings these baddies to life in some big ways! Also featuring the anniversary celebration of the Penguin, written by none other than the man who brought Oswald Cobblepot to life in Batman Returns, star of the silver screen Danny DeVito!
Retail: $10.99 In-Store Date: 11/30/2021