The studio said that the acclaimed film — the second highest-grossing movie in US box-office history — would be canned in China, with “cultural sensitivities” cited as one of the reasons for the no-show.
“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,” a statement emailed to AFP said.
In 2006, Chinese authorities barred the release of Hollywood movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” amid speculation its portrayal of Japanese courtesans played by Chinese actresses could spark public controversy.
Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s gay cowboy drama “Brokeback Mountain” was also denied a release in China.
Editor’s Note: Wow, now Heath Ledger has the distinction of having both of his biggest films being banned from Chinese cinema, Brokeback and Batman. Can’t they just let a brother live, posthumously?