Some angry Batman fans have forced the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to disable comments on its page for The Dark Knight Rises after they began posting death threats aimed at film critics.
Despite the movie not being released until tomorrow, certain sections of the superhero fandom have already decided that Christopher Nolan’s final instalment in the Batman trilogy is going to be the best thing since microwaveable popcorn and don’t want to see their convictions challenged.
In fact, The Dark Knight Rises has received a mixed reaction from writers in the States, some of whom called it “bloated,” “tediously overlong” and “an ordeal to sit through,” and it was these sorts of observations that drew volleys of abuse when they appeared on the site.
Some of the more extreme responses called for reviewers to be beaten “with a thick rubber hose into a coma” and even to “die in a fire.”
Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes’ editor in chief, called time on the comments when the volume of bile began to get out of hand. He said: “The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether.
“It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen.”
Rotten Tomatoes is now considering disabling comments on all films until after they are released in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
Despite the negative reception to The Dark Knight Rises from some critics, many have praised it and the film currently boasts an overall approval rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.