HONG KONG – Batman has shown himself to be brave enough to combat Penguin, Catwoman, the Joker, Mr. Freeze and all his other enemies. But, faced with Hong Kong’s tainted Victoria Harbor, he chose instead to flee from danger.
In The Dark Knight, the latest Batman movie, being shot in Hong Kong this week, the masked idol was initially supposed to jump from a plane into the waters of Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbor. Yet the scene was axed after producers discovered that conditions in the channel are potentially hazardous to Batman even when wearing his seamless bat outfit. The news pointed up the Hong Kong government’s failure to tackle the city’s worsening pollution problems, which have been strongly criticized by international companies and foreign expatriates for years.
The plan was for Batman to be seen jumping into the water and then climbing up some bamboo, or something similar, onto a pier,” the South China Morning Post quoted an unnamed official with the production house as saying. “But when they checked a water sample, they found all sorts of things, salmonella and tuberculosis, so it was canceled. Now the action will cut to inside a building.”
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