It has become a normal occurrence to see comic book characters in the cinema or on TV shows but a new survey suggests comic book content has strayed toward the dark side.
Parents Television Council performed a seven-year analysis of comic book-themed broadcast TV shows with appeal to children, analyzing characters such as Batman, the Flash, and Archie.
“The big concern,” says PTC spokesman Christopher Gildemeister, “was that these shows are accessible to and attractive to children."
Parents don’t expect, he explains, for broadcast television to portray graphic violence on an 8 p.m. super hero show.
“And they tune in and they see all kinds of just gruesome, horrific content,” he warns. “And obviously, in this world today, is this what kids need to be seeing? No."
According to the research, PTC counted more than 6,000 incidents of violence, more than 500 deaths, and characters uttering over 2,000 profanities.
Yet the media, says the PTC spokesman, will take no blame for mass shootings and other violence happening in our society.
“And we're not saying that they're the only ones responsible,” he says, “but we are saying that they play a part."