WB shrouds 'Dark Knight' from Chinese audiences
Last updated 12-31-08 at 12:21 p.m.
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HONG KONG (AP) — Just because Batman landed in Hong Kong doesn’t
mean “The Dark Knight” will.
Warner Bros. decided not to release the film in
China — or even submit it for censors’ approval — because
of “prerelease conditions” and “cultural sensitivities,” the
studio said Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Warner Bros. officials may have been concerned
the film — particularly scenes shot in Hong Kong, where Batman
nabs a gangster — would offend censors. Hong Kong is a Chinese-ruled
former British colony that maintains separate political
and economic systems.
Another possible sticking point is a brief appearance
by Hong Kong actor-singer Edison Chen, who appeared in lurid photos
with several women this year.
Bootleg copies have been available in Chinese markets