"Dark Knight Rises" Director Defends Fans After Rants Against Critics
(LONDON) -- At the London premiere of the last film in his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan Wednesday evening responded to fans' flaming of three critics who gave the film a bad review.
The vitriol was so heated it led the site Rotten Tomatoes to shut its comments section down for the first time ever.
"I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate," Nolan said. "Batman's been around for over 70 years and there's a reason for that. He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character."
Anticipation for the film has reached a fever pitch ahead of its Friday opening, so ABC News Radio asked Hollywood.com's box office expert Paul Dergarabedian how much the movie was expected to earn -- and how it would fare against this summer's reigning superhero champ, The Avengers.
"I think most certainly this is going to be in the top five, if not the top three opening weekends of all time," says Dergarabedian.
The comparison to Avengers might be a little unfair, he cautions.
"The Avengers was a film you could almost take the family to go see, and The Dark Knight Rises is definitely dark...more for an older audience," he explains.
However, Dergarabedian says "the fanboy fervor" on Dark Knight "will more than make up" for a possible loss of younger moviegoers.
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