Disney releasing separate version of 'Iron Man 3' in China
While the comic book nerds and the mass audiences are both eagerly awaiting the May 3 release of Iron Man 3, there's a little bit of a switch overseas. It seems China will be getting a slightly different version of the movie on their shores. And frankly, it sounds like a version we'd want to see, too.
Walt Disney Studios announced Friday that Chinese distributor DMG Entertainment will be handling the release in China, but it will be a different cut: "While Marvel and DMG have decided not to apply for co-production status in China, the film includes significant Chinese elements," Disney said in a statement to Deadline.com.
"Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience."
And here we thought the problem would have been Ben Kingsley's character, the Mandarin, who is a half-English, half-Chinese insane criminal. Geeks will be clamoring for Chinese-release DVDs in any event; Good thing piracy is so bad over there it shouldn't be a problem.