A new “Dark Knight” comic from DC Comics shows supervillains like the Joker and Darkseid working to re-elect a president who looks and sounds suspiciously like President Donald Trump.
The comic portrays Joker as scheming with the evil Darkseid to win a new term for an unnamed president, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, as The Hollywood Reporter described it, author Frank Miller did not even try to cover up his political views:
“Subtle, it’s not,” The Hollywood Reporter noted.
In the comic, Darkseid believes that if he employs Joker to get the president re-elected, it will be easier to take over all humanity.
“For those wondering why the two are working together for this purpose, Darkseid has recruited the Joker as an ‘agent of chaos’ to promote Trump’s election, with the ultimate goal of destroying humanity’s faith in itself and thereby being easier to conquer,” THR explained.
But DC Comics decision to be directly anti-Trump may not come without a cost. Getting political has proven risky in the business.
Marvel Vice President David Gabriel said in 2017 that the company’s sales were negatively affected by diversity, according to the comics trade magazine ICV2.
“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity,” Gabriel told the publication. “They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not.
“I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales. … Any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up.”
This is some seriously sick Trump Derangement Syndrome From DC Comics.
I have no idea how to feel about this. I'm either gonna hate it with a passion or be very pleasantly surprised by the commentary.
Joker campaigning for Trump. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/D0baO43Vc8
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