Suicide Squad the next blockbuster to be blocked from China?
Adding insult to the injury of its largely negative reception so far, DC’s Suicide Squad may not be getting a cinematic release in the #2 worldwide film market of China.
Following last month’s news that the female-led Ghostbusters reboot had been denied a Chinese release, Suicide Squad is apparently ‘unlikely to be released in China’ according to The Hollywood Reporter, with sources saying that the super-villain teamup flick hasn’t been put on the release schedule of China Film Group – the distributor that manages the import of foreign movies – when releases are usually planned at least two months in advance.
“They think this is not a good film to release in China”, says one Chinese executive without further elaboration.
While details about the decision making process have not been released, we suspect that the ‘criminal’, ‘villainous’ content of the movie could be somewhat responsible, even though Warner Bros. has tried its hardest to work around Chinese censorship with the film’s PG-13 rating and local-language title of ‘X特遣队’, translating to Special Task Force X.
Meanwhile, if it does get blocked, Suicide Squad won’t be the first big superhero film not shown in China, with 2015’s Deadpool being banned for its R-rated content.
Suicide Squad is still expected to have a successful opening weekend in the countries where it is released, and opens in UK cinemas today, Friday August 5th.