WB shrouds 'Dark Knight' from Chinese audiences

Warner Bros has decided not to release its blockbuster in China due to 'cultural sensitivities'

Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'
Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'
Credit: Warner Bros.


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.

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 for months.

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