'Dark Knight' Mania: Politics & Death Threats
By KRISTA WICK
July 19, 2012
American audiences are just hours away from seeing arguably the biggest movie of the year, and all this anticipation has got the country in a downright tizzy!
In fact, some die-hard fans are so set on the superiority of the Dark Knight trilogy's final chapter, they've taken to bullying and death threats against those who've dared to pen a negative review prior to the film's release.
RottenTomatoes.com was forced to suspend its comment boards this week as some early reviewers were bombarded with bodily harm for their less-than-flattering take on the film.
"Death threats, rape threats are not okay, and that's what was happening," Matt Atchity, the site's editor-in-chief, told the Los Angeles Times. "At one point, we had seven people dedicated to [moderating] comments," he said.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh inflamed fans of a different sort, claiming the creative team behind the final chapter of the Dark Knight trilogy purposefully modeled their villain Bane as a liberal conspiracy to undermine the Republican party during the 2012 Presidential election.
"Do you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?" purported Limbaugh, effectively claiming there is a connection between Bain Capital, the former employer of the Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney, and Bane, the villain of The Dark Knight Rises.
Director Christopher Nolan addressed the controversy at the London premiere of the film last night, telling The Insider he was baffled anyone would make that connection considering Bane, the comic book character, has been around for decades.
"I'm not sure how to address something that bizarre, to be honest," said Nolan.
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