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spurs178 01-01-09 03:31 AM

Warner Bros blacks out "Dark Knight" from China
 
Warner Bros blacks out "Dark Knight" from China
Thu Dec 25, 9:42 am ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Warner Bros studio said on Wednesday it has canceled plans to release its blockbuster Batman movie "The Dark Knight" in China, citing "cultural sensitivities" surrounding the film.

The studio, a unit of Time Warner Inc, did not specify what Chinese audiences or censors might find objectionable about the movie.

"Based on a number of pre-release conditions that are being attached to 'The Dark Knight,' as well as cultural sensitivities to some elements of the film, we have opted to forego a theatrical release of the film in China," Warner Bros said in a statement.

The film includes a sequence in which Batman, the movie's comic book superhero played by Christian Bale, penetrates a criminal mastermind's skyscraper redoubt in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

"The Dark Knight," which was released in July, is the top-grossing film of the year with more than $996 million in worldwide ticket sales, including over $7.5 million in Hong Kong, according to the website Box Office Mojo.

The film also has earned the late Australian actor Heath Ledger a Golden Globe nomination for his final role as Batman's maniacally evil foe, the Joker.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Steve Gorman)

SilverSpur 01-01-09 05:09 AM

That's crazy! They were probably told that they couldn't release it in China. No one turns away all those box office dollars by choice. :richb

Kirby 01-02-09 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverSpur (Post 1107783)
That's crazy! They were probably told that they couldn't release it in China. No one turns away all those box office dollars by choice. :richb

Most likely. The only reason I can think of is the scene in Hong Kong. Maybe they don't like the idea of a Chinese man getting his butt kicked in the middle of Honk Kong.

Not-so-Smart 01-03-09 08:57 PM

China is good with calculation.

Money4Nothing 01-05-09 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Kirby (Post 1107941)
Most likely. The only reason I can think of is the scene in Hong Kong. Maybe they don't like the idea of a Chinese man getting his butt kicked in the middle of Honk Kong.


What about all those Americans who got their asses kicked by Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Bruce Lee?

Yea! LoL!

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