KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 ― Promotional posters for the upcoming Hollywood film Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, appear to have been digitally edited for Malaysian audiences.
The shorts worn by actress Robbie who plays Harley Quinn, one of the leading characters, has been digitally lengthened into knee-length bermudas in electronic billboard posters displayed along the underground tracks of the KLCC LRT station here.
In it, the white cropped top worn by Japanese American actress Karen Fukuhara who plays Katana has also been digitally lengthened to cover her midriff.
The altered attire has also sparked a discussion on the Malaysian edition of online community platform Reddit, with commentator Helzinki asking, “So is Malaysia going to digitally insert pants in the whole movie?”
Teaser trailers for the movie here reportedly depicted Harley Quinn in her original short garb that still covered her rump; likewise Katana’s midriff-baring top.
Suicide Squad, which has been given a PG13 rating, opens in cinemas here today.
Harley Quinn’s shorts has been a subject of debate leading up to Suicide Squad’s release, with claims that the shorts have been digitally edited in the movie itself to appear in different lengths depending on the region where the movie plays.
Malay Mail Online has contacted the movie’s local distributor, the National Film Development Corporation and the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia for their comment.
Indian film Kabali which opened in Malaysia last month came under scrutiny after the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia confirmed it requested an alteration to the original ending in order to impart a moral message that crime does not pay.
The Tamil film that starred South Indian superstar actor Rajinikanth and was shot in Malaysia also contain several censored scenes that angered local audiences.
Among them was a scene in which the word “keling” to address Indians was used, as well as scenes that contained dialogues about the socio economic standing and alleged discrimination suffered by ethnic Indians in Malaysia.