Hongkong Harbor: Too Polluted for Batman

Batman may be superhero enough to fight off the bad guys in Gotham City, but the Dark Knight is no match for the pollution in Hong Kong’s famous harbor. After all he is one of the most human among all the heroes in the comic book world.

The latest installment of the Batman movie (The Dark Knight) will start filming in the territory this month.

Reported a couple of days ago that a scene in which Batman was to drop from a plane into the harbor has been axed after the movie’s producers found the water quality could pose a health risk.

“The plan was for Batman to be seen jumping into the water and then climbing up some bamboo, or something similar,” the unnamed production official 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,” the official said.

Hong Kong’s harbor has long been polluted by industrial and residential sewage, and swimming is not recommended, WWF’s conservation director Andy Cornish told the Post. “There is still a horrendous amount of effluent going into the harbor,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Department told the press that the government had completed the first stage of a project to treat the sewage and clean it before it hits the water, but admitted the harbor was not yet suitable for swimming.

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