Christopher Nolan Defends Fans' Irate Response to Dark Knight Rises Reviews
The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher weighed in about the brouhaha that flared this week after some passionate Batman fans threw a fit after a spattering of negative reviews, resulting in aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes' decision to disable user comments for the time being. Nolan's final stint in the trilogy is expected to fetch box office records this weekend and so far reviews have been mostly positive, but a few critics gave TDKR a thumbs down and some fans went ballistic. Wednesday night at the film's London premiere, Nolan appeared to defend fans' emotional response.
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"I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate. Batman's been around for over 70 years and there's a reason for that," A.P. reported Nolan as saying. "He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character."
RT's editor-in-chief Matt Atchity said in an open letter on the site that the venomous push-back may alter their policies going forward, changing its commenting system so that it no longer allows for anonymity. "You'll have to stand by your comments, just like a critic does. So you'll still be able to argue about a movie you haven't seen, but people will know it was you," wrote Atchity.
In an unrelated bout of TDKR mini-controversy, Nolan also offered up his take on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's opinion that the pic's villain, "Bane" is a not so-subtle reference to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's former employer Bain Capital, decrying the movie and its makers for maligning the former Massachusetts governor who continued to hold a major investment in the company after departing its day to day operations. Liberals have accused Romney and Bain of "outsourcing American jobs overseas."
"I'm not sure how to address something that bizarre, to be honest," said Nolan. "I really don't have an answer for it, it's a very peculiar comment to make." Morgan Freeman, who plays Lucius Fox in Rises called the whole thing "ridiculous."
The Bane character originated back in 1993, first appearing in DC Comics' Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, according to Wikipedia.