Warner Bros Cancels Dark Knight Screening in China
I thought by now it is fair to assume that everyone has seen the Dark Knight at least once. Apparently not in China ...at least not legally. It is official, Chinese viewers will not be seeing the second highest-grossing US film in the cinemas.
The Chinese government is infamous for censoring American films. In the past, they have blocked the screening of Brokeback Mountain for its homosexual content. Memoirs of a Geisha was also cut due to Chinese actresses playing Japanese geishas. Where exactly did the Dark Knight go wrong?
Citing "cultural sensitivities in some elements of the film," Warner Bros. said in a statement on Friday that it has cancelled the release of the 2008 hit in mainland China.
It did not elaborate on what it meant by "cultural sensitivities," but the New York Times speculated that the Hollywood studio may have been concerned Chinese censors would be offended by scenes shot in Hong Kong, including those in which Batman, played by Christian Bale, nabs a Chinese money launderer.
Another potential point of conflict, it noted, was a brief appearance by Edison Chen, the Hong Kong singer and record producer who appeared in sexually explicit photographs posted on the internet in 2008.
Does this cancellation really matter? I mean, there must be tons of pirated versions of the Dark Knight on the streets of China.