Huh, so there are people out there who won’t see ‘The Dark Knight’
….it just turns out that it’s no fault of their own.
Warner Brothers, the distribution company behind “The Dark Knight,” has reportedly decided to pull the film from release in China, according to an article on Variety.
“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 said.
A studio spokesam declined to elaborate. “The Dark Knight” included scenes shot in Hong Kong, which could have created difficulties in convincing censors to approve the release.
The Chinese market has been growing impressively in years due to increased numbers of multiplexes and an expanding middle class. But sensitivities remain high about Hollywood’s treatment of its culture.
When I first heard of the news, I couldn’t figure out what in “The Dark Knight” would be so offensive to the Chinese, but now it makes perfect sense — Hong Kong is not painted so positively in the movie. I’m going to continue writing, and if you haven’t seen the film, I’d advise you stop, because there will be some spoilers.
If you remember, the Chinese banker flees back across the Pacific Ocean, knowing that, no matter what his crime, the Chinese government would never surrender one of their own back to the United States for prosecution. That’s when Batman flies overseas to kick some International Ass, eventually securing the banker, smuggling him back into the United States and getting him in jail where he belongs.
With a government as apt to censor media as the Chinese have proved to be — everything from cutting “The Mummy 3” to lording over copy from journalists at the Beijing Olympics — it’s no surprise that they would be wary about a film that — even so subtly — spoke out about how they choose to run their government.
I have no doubt that “The Dark Knight” would have made some serious bank in China — it’s made ridiculous amounts of money wherever it is shown, including overseas. On top of its domestic $530 million-plus, the sequel to Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” has raked in more than $465 million in foreign box office. Whew, that’s a shit-ton of money. So, I’d be willing to bet that Warner Brothers fought long and hard to get this movie in Chinese theaters, especially considering the ever-growing movie market there.
I don’t really know what to think of this. It is what it is, and no matter how much I — or anyone — spouts off against it, the Chinese government will continue to censor films. I just feel bad for the citizens of China, because, this time, they’re missing out on a really, really good movie.
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