Hollywood film ‘Wakanda Forever’ also banned in China

Kathmandu. China, the world’s biggest film market, has banned screenings of two of Hollywood’s most popular superhero films this year.

According to Hollywood Reporter magazine, China has banned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever released on Friday and DC Studios’ Black Adam.

Dwayne Johnson starrer Black Adam was banned by China last week. China was furious after news of an actor in the film meeting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Hollywood studios are estimated to lose millions of dollars after the ban on these two big films. China, which has adopted a strict censorship policy, has not fully opened the market recently, citing the reason for the zero covid policy.

The first series of ‘Black Panther’, released in 2018, grossed $105 million in China. Dwayne Johnson starrer ‘Skyscraper’ earned $98 million and ‘Hobbs and Saw’ made $201 million.

The Hollywood Reporter magazine noted that Chinese authorities are unlikely to allow screenings of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and DC Studios’ film “Black Adam”.

It is speculated that China banned Wakanda Forever because of its depiction of openly gay characters. Earlier, it was mentioned that another superhero film Thor: Love and Thunder was banned due to its depiction of gay characters.

Wakanda Forever also depicts a same-sex romance between Michaela Koel and Florence Kusumba. Apart from the Chinese market, Wakanda Forever is expected to earn well in the international market.

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