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

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">In this image released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger stars as The Joker in &#34;The Dark Knight.&#34;  (Warner Bros. Pictures)</span></div>
December 24, 2008 12:48:46 PM PST
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.