No 'Knight' in Bangkok: Batman won't land in China

HONG KONG (AP) - December 24, 2008 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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