Warner Bros. has said in a statement last Friday that its new film The Dark Knight starring the late Heath Ledger of Brokeback Mountain fame will not be screened in mainland China because of “cultural sensitivities in some elements of the film”. As usual, nobody can say for sure what these “cultural sensitivities” are so we can only play the guessing game again. According to the New York Times,
The studio may have been concerned that censors would be offended by scenes shot in Hong Kong, including those in which Batman nabs a gangster. Another potential point of conflict: the film includes a brief appearance by Edison Chen, above, the Hong Kong singer and record producer who appeared in sexually explicit photographs with several women that were posted on the Internet this year.
Does anyone here really care though? We highly doubt it, because anyone who wants to see the film would have already bought a pirated copy off their local DVD store.