Monday, June 22, 2020

Monday's Headlines | DC Pulls Warren Ellis’s Death Metal Story

DC has pulled a planned Warren Ellis/Jim Cheung story from the August 4 Dark Nights: Death Metal - Legends of the Dark Knights #1 anthology.

"The previously announced two-page story in Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights #1 by Warren Ellis and Jim Cheung will be replaced with a two-page story written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Jamal Igle," reads the announcement to retailers in an email sent out Friday evening.

The publisher did not provide a reason for the removal of the story, which was to be the origin of the alternate universe Batman who lived in a robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex - "B-Rex."

The removal, however, comes just days after several women alleged sexual misconduct by Warren Ellis dating back to the early 2000s and a day after Ellis himself released a statement seemingly in response to the allegations.
Katie West, a former friend of Ellis's, was the first to allege misconduct in a now-deleted Twitter thread. Following West's statements, Meredith Yayanos, a former colleague of Ellis’s who inspired a character in his comic book series Planetary, followed, describing her own series of allegations and characterizations of Ellis's conduct.

Ellis’s subsequent statement did not address any specific allegations or alleged victims directly, but admits some culpability in what he refers to as "these mistakes…"

"I hurt people deeply. I am ashamed for these mistakes and I am profoundly sorry," Ellis states in his Orbital Operations email newsletter. "I will not speak against other people’s personal truths, and I will not expose them to the toxicity of the current discourse. I should have been more aware, more present, and more respectful of people’s feelings and for that I apologize."