In a recent scene from DC Comics’ Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #2, innocent bystanders from a village in Pakistan are threatened by a demigod named Dichara. Before our heroes show up to save them, the villagers cry out for help… in “Pakistanian,” which is what DC editors claim is the country’s “official language” in a translation note customary for when comics dialogue is set in a different dialect.
The issue, however, is that “Pakistanian” is made up. The country’s official language is Urdu, though numerous other languages are also spoken by Pakistani people.
The misinformation has caused a disruption among fans, with many taking to Twitter to call DC out for their upsetting error, including Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani. “Pakistanian is not a language. Or a word. (Source: google/my life),” he wrote.
In fact, there are several languages used in Pakistan, including Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Urdu, and Wakhi — a language used by those who live in the Shimshal, the village where the scene in question takes place.
A representative for DC Comics could not be reached for comment.