Ah, beautiful irony. After earlier being harassed by Hong Kong officials over the possibility of noise pollution or traffic jams from their nine-day shoot, producers of the latest Batman movie have now axed a scene over toxic water in Victoria Harbor.
Apparently, the sequence was to have involved Batman (played by Christian Bale) jumping into the water and then climbing up some bamboo and onto a pier. Fortunately, the crew had some water tests taken and were shocked to discover high levels of fatal bacteria. From the article,
“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. Swimming in Victoria Harbor is not recommended to any one, not even Batman, as it has long been polluted by horrendous amounts of industrial runoff and residential sewage, WWF’s conservation director Andy Cornish told the South China Morning Post.”
Jeesh — once he’s done with the Joker, perhaps Bruce Wayne should go after the source of this nastiness next. My guess is that Acme Chemicals is once again up to no good — that, or Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department is asleep as the wheel.